Events
The American Friends of the Mauritshuis and The Netherland-America Foundation invite you to a private tour of
 

The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 5:00pm
 
The great experimental printmaker Hercules Segers (Dutch, ca. 1590–ca. 1638), one of the most fertile artistic minds of his time, created otherworldly landscapes of astonishing originality. With a unique array of techniques whose identification still puzzles scholars, he etched extraordinary, colorful landscapes and still lifes. Rejecting the idea that prints from a single plate should all look the same in black and white, he produced impressions in varied color schemes—painting them, then adding lines or cutting down the plate. Segers turned each impression of his evocative landscapes into unique miniature paintings that seem out of their time. He was a favorite artist of Rembrandt, who owned eight paintings and one printing plate by Segers.
 
This exhibition is the first to display almost all of Segers's prints in varying impressions alongside a selection of his paintings, and is the first large selection of his fascinating work to be shown in the United States.
 
The tour will be led by Nadine M. Orenstein, Drue Heinz Curator in Charge.
Nadine M. Orenstein received her BA from Barnard College and her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, where she completed her dissertation, Hendrick Hondius and the Business of Prints in Seventeenth-Century Holland (Rotterdam, 1996). She has written and lectured extensively on 17th-century Northern European prints and drawings, and her publications include several volumes for the New Hollstein Dutch series on the prints of Hendrick Hondius, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and Simon Frisius. Nadine's exhibitions at The Met include Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Drawings and Prints (2001), Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch Master (1558–1617): Prints, Drawings, and Paintings (2003), and Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine (2011).
 
WHEN:
Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 5:00pm
 
WHERE:                 
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
 
This exhibition has been funded, in part, by a grant from The Netherland-America Foundation.
 
Registration is required. Event is free for current (2017) members of the NAF and/or AFMh and includes admission to the Museum. Members will receive priority ticketing.
 
If you need to renew your membership for 2017, or if you wish to join for the first time, please click here.
 
Non-member tickets are $25 (depending upon availability). We will contact you to confirm your place in the tour.
 
To register for this event, please  click here.

For more information, email: amolenaar@thenaf.org or call (212) 825-1221

Landscape with an Oak Tree and a Distant View


The Board of Directors of the American Friends of the Mauritshuis
Invites you to a Member's Reception
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm
 
In honor of Dr. Emilie Gordenker, Director of the Mauritshuis
With a presentation by Julie Ribits
NEH Fellow in Paintings Conservation, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
 
Otto Naumann, Ltd.
22 E 80th St, Floor 2, New York, NY 10075
 
Julie Ribits
Presentation for American Friends of the Mauritshuis
New York City, Friday, April 28, 2017
 
Ms. Ribits was the Paintings Conservation Intern at the Mauritshuis, September 2015-August 2016. Her internship was supported by a grant from the American Friends of the Mauritshuis.
 
Responsibilities focused on the treatment and technical study of Het Bezoek aan de Dokter by Hendrick Heerschop (Dutch, 1626-1690), the treatment of five portraits of military officers by Jan Anthonisz van Ravesteyn (Dutch, 1572-1657), and technical analysis with written entries of four paintings for the Mauritshuis Genre Catalogue publication. A full technical analysis of an anonymous 16th century Italian painting on gilt leather was completed and submitted for publication. Multiple international courier trips were also completed in The Netherlands, Germany, and France.
 
For more information on the painting Het Bezoek aan de Dokter by Hendrick Heerschop, please click here.
 
WHEN
Monday, Friday, April 28, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm, EDT
 
WHERE
Otto Naumann Ltd.
22 E 80th St, Floor 2, New York, NY 10075
 
For More Information:
email: amolenaar@thenaf.org
tel: (212) 825-1221

Click here to register.

Varnish removal steps on the Hendrick Heerschop panel painting
 

Hendrick Heerschop, Het Bezoek aan de Dokter, 1668
 


Past Events

The American Friends of the Mauritshuis and The Netherland-America Foundation present:

Members Private Tour
Monday, September 12, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Join us for two special curatorial walk-throughs by

Ilona van Tuinen
Assistant Curator
The Morgan Library and Museum

Rembrandt's First Masterpiece

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Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver

Completed when he was just twenty-three years old, Rembrandt’s Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver has long been recognized as the artist’s first mature work, his first masterpiece. The painting demonstrates many of the characteristics that would come to define Rembrandt’s style: dramatic lighting, a rhythmic harmony of composition, and his exceptional ability to convey the emotional drama of a scene. Long held in a British private collection, the painting will be shown in the United States for the first time at the Morgan in Rembrandt’s First Masterpiece. Read more...

This exhibition is made possible, in part, by a cultural grant from the Netherland-America Foundation.

Followed by
John Marciari
Charles W. Engelhard Curator and Department Head, Department of Prints and Drawings
The Morgan Library and Museum

Hans Memling: Portraiture, Piety, and a Reunited Altarpiece
Triptych of Jan Crabbe
Triptych of Jan Crabbe

Completed around 1470 in Bruges, Hans Memling's Triptych of Jan Crabbe was dismembered in the 18th century and has never before been reconstructed for an American audience. Two panels from the altarpiece are among the finest paintings owned by the Morgan Library & Museum, where they have long been on permanent view in Pierpont Morgan’s Study. This exhibition brings together the scattered elements of the famous triptych, reuniting the Morgan inner wings with the central panel now owned by the Musei Civici in Vicenza, Italy, and the outer wings from the Groeningemuseum in Bruges, Belgium. Read more...

Admission
Free for current (2016) members of the AFMh and The NAF. Reserve early, space is limited.

If you would like to join as a new member, or renew your membership in the AMFh, please click here.

To register for this private tour, please click here.

To continue the conversation afterwards, please join us at:
Library Hotel -Bookmarks (four blocks North from The Morgan)
299 Madison Ave, #14
New York, NY 10017

Questions? Please contact:

The Netherland-America Foundation
E: info@thenaf.org
T: 212.825.1221

Dr. Emilie Gordenker, Director of the Mauritshuis
And The Board of Directors of the American Friends of the Mauritshuis
Invite you to a private tour of:
 
Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture
 
Led by Stijn Alsteens, Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, Metropolitan Museum of Art
 
Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), one of the most celebrated and influential portraitists of all time, enjoyed an international career that took him from his native Flanders to Italy, France, and, ultimately, the court of Charles I in London. Van Dyck’s supremely elegant manner and convincing evocation of a sitter’s inner life—whether real or imagined—made him the favorite portraitist of many of the most powerful and interesting figures of the seventeenth century. This is the most comprehensive exhibition ever organized on Van Dyck’s activity and process as a portraitist and the first major exhibition on the artist to be held in the United States in over twenty years. Through approximately one hundred works, the exhibition explores the astounding versatility and inventiveness of a portrait specialist, the stylistic development of a draftsman and painter, and the efficiency and genius of an artist in action. Read more
 
WHEN
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 12:00-1:00pm
 
WHERE
The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenues)
New York, NY 10021
 
To read a review in the Observer, click here.
 
To register, click here.
 
For more Information, email: amolenaar@thenaf.org or call (212) 825-1221.

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Anthony van Dyck, Mary, Lady van Dyck, née Ruthven, ca. 1640. Oil on canvas. Museo Nacional del Prado
March 7, 2016
 
Dear Friends,
 
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Emilie Gordenker, Director of the Mauritshuis in The Hague, will be honored this spring at the Netherland-America Foundation Ambassadors’ Awards Dinner in Washington DC. Dr. Gordenker will receive the Ambassador K. Terry Dornbush Award, named for and endowed by the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands (1994-1998), K. Terry Dornbush. The award pays tribute to ‘individuals whose marked contributions in the fields of philanthropy, education or culture in the Netherlands or the United States have served to strengthen relations between the two countries’.
 
Please join me in celebrating Dr. Gordenker as she receives her award on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Mayflower Hotel. The Awards Dinner (black-tie optional) opens at 6:30 pm with cocktails, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. and formal presentations. The evening finishes with cordials and the opportunity for casual conversation. Dutch Ambassador Henne Schuwer serves as Honorary Chair of this event. Aruban-born television journalist Maureen Bunyan, anchor of ABC-affiliated television station WJLA-TV in Washington, DC, will deliver the evening's Keynote.
 
Two other individuals will receive awards named after past U.S. ambassadors to the Netherlands, recognizing the honorees’ outstanding contributions to furthering business, philanthropy, sustainability and cultural relations between our two countries. They are:
 
·       William McDonough, founding architect/designer of William McDonough + Partners; a globally recognized leader in sustainable development with a major presence in the Netherlands,
 
·       Victoria B. Mars, Chairman of Mars, Incorporated; a fourth-generation member of this U.S. family, and a promoter of sustainable developments and conservancy.
 
I hope that you will support Dr. Gordenker by attending the dinner. For more information and to register, please click here. For further information, please contact Mrs. Age Diedrick at age.diedrick@verizon.net.
 
I look forward to and hope for your participation and involvement. Thank you.
 
 
Monica S. Sadler
President


Dr. Emilie Gordenker, Director, Mauritshuis

The American Friends of the Mauritshuis held a well-attended and lively Members’ Reception on January 25, 2016 at Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts in New York City. The reception was held in honor of Dr. Emilie Gordenker, Director of the Mauritshuis, coinciding with her travel to the U.S. to participate in “Master Drawings New York” week, January 23rd30th. Over 40 guests gathered at the gallery for a report by Dr. Gordenker on the Mauritshuis’ successful first year of operation since its expansion, upcoming exhibitions, and exciting new three-year partnership with NN Group to raise awareness and enthusiasm of the museum internationally. 
 
Also coinciding with Masters Drawings New York week was a substantial blizzard along the eastern seaboard, preventing featured guest presenter Megan Salazar-Walsh from traveling to New York. Ms. Salazar-Walsh was the Paintings Conservation Intern at the Mauritshuis, September 2013-February 2014. Ms. Salazar-Walsh is currently Assistant Conservator at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. Her presentation, recorded in Miami for sharing with our membership, is available by clicking here.
 
I thank all of our members for supporting the American Friends of the Mauritshuis and for attending our event, Dr. Gordenker and Ms. Salazar-Walsh for their presentations, and AFMh members Peggy Stone and Lawrence Steigrad for their generous hospitality.
 
Monica S. Sadler
President

The Board of Directors of the American Friends of the Mauritshuis
Invites you to a Member's Reception
Monday, January 25, 2016 from 5:30-7:00pm

In honor of Dr. Emilie Gordenker, Director of the Mauritshuis
With a presentation by Megan Salazar-Walsh
Assistant Conservator at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida

Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts
23 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10021

For More Information:

email: amolenaar@thenaf.org

tel: (212) 825-1221

Megan Salazar-Walsh

Presentation for American Friends of the Mauritshuis
New York, January 25, 2016
Ms. Salazar Walsh was the Paintings Conservation Intern at the Mauritshuis, September 2013-February 2014. Her internship was supported by a grant from the American Friends of the Mauritshuis.

The recent renovations at the Mauritshuis provided the opportunity to research and treat the ensemble of fifteen decorative paintings made for the Golden Room. The paintings were commissioned around 1718 from the traveling Venetian artist, Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini (1675-1741). Six of these paintings, tondos depicting decorative flower arrangements, were in especially poor condition. Prior to this project, their attribution to Pellegrini was questioned. Through this research the relationship of these six paintings to the whole ensemble became apparent. This was established through careful study of Pellegrini’s painting technique augmented by the examination of cross-sections and subsequent elemental analysis carried out at Shell Technology Centre in Amsterdam. The six tondos were undoubtedly part of the original decorative scheme for the Golden Room. We now have a better understanding of what their original appearance might have been and why they have degraded so differently from the rest of the ensemble.

WHEN
Monday, January 25, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EST)
WHERE
Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts - 23 E 69th St New York, NY 10021 - View Map

Click here to REGISTER
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Golden Room, The Mauritshuis
Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn. Lieven Willemsz van Coppenol, Writing-Master: The Smaller Plate, ca. 1653 (Hind) or ca. 1658 (Boon and White). Etching: 10 1/8 x 7 1/2 in. Yale University Art Gallery, Fritz Achelis Memorial Collection, Gift of Frederic George Achelis, B.A. 1907; 1925. 136.

The Board of Directors of the American Friends of the Mauritshuis
Invite you to a Private Tour and Reception
With Guest Curator Robert Fucci of his exhibition
“Rembrandt's Changing Impressions”
Friday, November 6th, 2015
from 5-7pm
at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
Columbia University
926 Schermerhorn Hall
1190 Amsterdam Ave
MC 5502
New York, New York 10027
 
Contact Angela Molenaar at the NAF
Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch, 1606 - 1669
Lucretia
1664
oil on canvas
overall: 120 x 101 cm (47 1/4 x 39 3/4 in.)
framed: 159.1 x 139.4 x 16.5 cm (62 5/8 x 54 7/8 x 6 1/2 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection 1937.1.76


The Board of Director's of the American Friends of the Mauritshuis
Invite you to a Member's Reception
November 18th, 2015 from 6-8pm
 
In honor of Dr. Emilie Gordenker, Director of the Mauritshuis
With a presentation by Esmee Quodbach
Assistant Director of the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick
 
At: Otto Naumann Ltd. 
22 East 80th Street
New York, New York
 
For More Information:
tel: (212) 825-1221
 
For Registration please go to:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/members-reception-american-friends-of-the-mauritshuis-tickets-19123824875


Esmée Quodbach
 
Talk for American Friends of the Mauritshuis
New York, November 18, 2015
 
Abstract
 
The Dutch-born dealer Leo Nardus (1868–1955) first traveled to America in 1894, at a time when there were still few Old Master paintings there. Educated as a painter at Amsterdam’s Art Academy, Nardus managed to establish himself as an immensely successful dealer in New York. His wares included authentic Old Masters—some of excellent quality, many second- and third-rate ones—as well as good and bad copies, and forgeries that he sold as original pieces for large amounts of money. Nardus’ trans-Atlantic dealings were exceptionally lucrative: in Paris, where he later resided, he would be known as “L’homme aux cinquante millions”—“the man with fifty million.” Early in the twentieth century, Nardus also donated several paintings to the Mauritshuis.
 
This presentation looks into various aspects of Nardus’ dealings with American collectors, which were remarkable for their grand scale and went on for more than a dozen years. Today, many of the “bad” paintings  that Nardus sold to Americans can no longer be traced. The good ones, however, can be found in the collections of leading museums such as the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
 
A Lady Writing
Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632-1675)
about 1665
Oil on canvas
*National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Harry Waldron Havemeyer and Horace Havemeyer, Jr., in memory of their 
father, Horace Havemeyer, 1962.10.1
*Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Private Tour for
American Friends of the Mauritshuis
 
At the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
 
Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer
 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm 
 
Limit 20
(Museum passes will be mailed to participants)
 
 
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 
Avenue of the Arts 
465 Huntington Avenue 
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5523 
617-267-9300
Cocktail reception for members and talk by Esmée Quodbach, Assistant Director of the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection, on the upcoming exhibition of The Frick Collection Art Treasures from New York on Monday, January 26, 2015.
Girl with a Pearl Earring. Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis.
De Young Museum, San Francisco
January 26-June 2, 2013
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High Museum of Art, Atlanta June 22, 2013–September 29, 2013
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The Frick Collection, New York October 22, 2013–January 19, 2014
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Lecture by Mauritshuis curator Edwin Buijsen
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at The Netherland Club of New York
Dinner at the Transamerica Pyramid
April 10, 2013
 
Hosted by the AFM in honor of the exhibition Girl With a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis
Special guests: Alexander Wynaendts, CEO of Aegon Insurance (Transamerica) and Chair, Board of Directors of the Mauritshuis, and Emilie Gordenker, Director of the Mauritshuis
 
For information on joining us for this event, please contact info@americanfriendsofthemauritshuis.org.
The Board of Directors of the American Friends of the Mauritshuis are pleased to invite you to a cocktail reception and talk by Dina Anchin, former recipient of our Fellowship and current Fellow at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at Harvard Art Museums, on Monday, January 28, at 5.00pm at
Otto Naumann Ltd
22 East 80th Street
New York, NY 10075
Please RSVP before January 23 to bria@ottonaumannltd.com or (212) 734-4443
Cocktail reception and talk by Lauren Bradley, former recipient of our Fellowship and current Graduate Intern in Paintings Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 5:00 - 6:30pm
Otto Naumann Ltd, 22 East 80th Street, New York, NY 10075
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