Pieter Roelofs

Pieter Roelofs is curator 17th-century Dutch Painting.

Curriculum vitae and responsibilities

roelofs Pieter Roelofs is the curator of seventeenth-century Dutch painting at the Rijksmuseum. Currently he is co-organizing an exhibition on Hercules Seghers (2016, in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). He is also one of the contributing authors to the catalogue raisonné Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century in the Rijksmuseum, which will be published in 2017, as will his children’s book Searching for Rembrandt’s Blue.

Roelofs was a part of the project team that designed the displays of the Rijksmuseum’s seventeenth-century Dutch galleries. Exhibitions that he has helped to curate include Hendrick Avercamp (2009, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC), Gabriel Metsu (2010, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin / National Gallery of Art, Washington DC) and Asia in Amsterdam (2015, in collaboration with the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem). Most recently, he played a key role in securing the long-term loan (2014-2017) of Rembrandt’s Claudius Civilis for the Rijksmuseum from the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm.

Roelofs has published on a wide spectrum of art historical topics ranging from the Middle Ages all the way up to the twentieth century. He gives regular talks on the visual arts and has held lecturing posts at Radboud University Nijmegen and Emerson College in Boston (USA). Before coming to the Rijksmuseum in 2006, Roelofs was a curator at Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen, where he organized international exhibitions on Russian painting, featuring works from the collection of the Pskov State Historical Museum in Russia (2004), on The Batavians (2004), and on The Limbourg Brothers (2005).