Among the Niemeijer pictures there was this stunning drawing by a non specified Bolognese artist from the 17th century. Striking are the details of the hands, especially the one striking the strings, in the middle. Pure visual delight. It is … Continue reading The theorbist
While browsing through the digital collection of the Rijksmuseum, I ran into two reproductions of a painting I was supposed to see in real life last year, namely the Genius of the Arts by Carlo Bononi (1569-1632) that was exposed … Continue reading A print and a drawing after Bononi at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
Besides facing the legendary Gioconda in Paris at the Louvre, the Marriage at Cana by Veronese (1528-1588) – way more funny to behold, and definitely much bigger – served as iconographic source for many musical companies from thereafter. The iconic … Continue reading Veronese docet.
Here is a selection of images from the online database of the Morgan Library and Museum . The works on paper date from the 17th century. Enjoy. Continue reading Music Iconography at the Morgan
Here is the pdf fair catalogue of Antiquariaat Arine van der Steur. Amsterdam_6-7Oct The fair will take place in Amsterdam at Mariott Hotel the 6th and 7th of October 2018. For more please visit https://amsterdambookfair.net/home/. Free entrace. Continue reading Amsterdam International Antiquarian Book Fair 2018 – Catalogue
Back in 2014 I was asked to write an article for the Festschrift dedicated to Prof. Ton Koopman for his 70th birthday (ed. Albert Clement, Studies in Baroque, Butz Verlag 2014). I wrote a piece on one etching in his … Continue reading Bouchardon and Geminiani
Latest blog post on Antiquariaat Arine van der Steur concerning the art of printmaking. Literally. http://antiquariaatvandersteur.blogspot.nl/2018/02/from-sketch-to-press-on-print-making.html Continue reading From sketch to press: On printmaking
Il Colombo overo l’India riscoperta, is a ‘dramma per musica’ written by cardinal Pietro Ottoboni in 1690 [link to Googlebook], published under the pseudonym of Crateo Pradelini (anagram of Cardinal Pietro). As one reads on the titlepage ‘da rappresentarsi al … Continue reading The frontispiece of Il Colombo