Research

Netherlandish Drawings of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

Introduction

From 2009 to 2012 the entire collection of Dutch fifteenth- and sixteenth-century drawings was subjected to thorough research for the first time. This digital catalogue brings an important part of the museum’s collection to the attention of a broad public.


Five researchers studied a total of 450 drawings in close consultation with experts in the Netherlands and abroad. This led to various attributions and re-attributions, and in some cases drawings were removed from the catalogue once it became clear that they were made by a foreign artist. The current catalogue contains 403 drawings, of which 224 are by unidentified artists, the rest are by sixty-three recognized masters. It concerns artists born before 1581.