After relaunching the Kroniek in digital form for 2020, we are very pleased to follow up with the issue for 2021, with four new articles devoted to various topics related to Rembrandt and his circle of pupils, friends and followers.
All four focus on recent finds. We lead with Steven Nadler and Victor Tiribás’s discovery concerning Menasseh ben Israel’s Piedra Gloriosa, the publication for which Rembrandt produced a series of etchings. They carefully work out the implications for our interpretation of the relationship between artist and scholar. From the Amsterdam City Archive, Mark Ponte and Eric Schmitz present a newly-discovered Rembrandt document revealing a previously unknown portrait commission, and introduce us to the players involved. The museum’s recent exhibition on Hansken the elephant prompted new insights by Leonore van Sloten into an elephant drawing and the role of existing imagery in Rembrandt’s workshop. And lastly, David de Witt makes the case for adding a well-known drawing of an artist’s atelier to the oeuvre of Cornelis Bisschop, removing it from that of Jan Lievens. This issue rounds off with two In memoria, in which we bid farewell to two important scholars, C. Willemijn Fock and Ernst van de Wetering. Both had, in different ways, a decisive impact on the museum.
The Editorial Board: Erik Hinterding, Epco Runia, Leonore van Sloten, Ilona van Tuinen and David de Witt
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