Robert-Jan te Rijdt

Robert-Jan te Rijdt is curator of 18th-century and 19th-century drawings.

He studied Art History at Leiden University. From 1985 to 1991, he worked at the Iconographical Office in The Hague, now part of the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), which documents, identifies and studies portraits, in the broadest sense of the term, of Dutch citizens. Since then, he has been working at the Rijksmuseum as curator of 18th-century and 19th-century drawings.
His professional affiliations include membership of the committee for the Atlas of Amsterdam and the Royal Antiquarian Society in Amsterdam, member of the editorial board of Delineavit et Sculpsit, a magazine on Dutch prints and drawings until around 1850, and membership of the Kuratorium of the Museum Haus Koekkoek in Cleves, Germany.

Publications and exhibitions:

  • Nederlandse figuurstudies 1700-1850 [ Dutch figure studies 1700-1850] (Rijksmuseum, 1994)
  • Kleur en Raffinement. Tekeningen uit de Unicorno collectie [Colour and Refinement. Drawings from the Unicorno collection] (Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam/Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, 1994-1995)
  • Nederlandse tekeningen uit de negentiende eeuw 1: 1800-1850. Keuze uit de verzameling van het prentenkabinet [Dutch drawings from the 19th century 1:1800-1850. Selection from the Print Room collection] (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 1994)
  • Voor Nederland bewaard. De verzamelingen van het Koninklijk Oudheidkundig Genootschap in het Rijksmuseum [Preserved for the Netherlands. The collections of the Royal Antiquarian Society at the Rijksmuseum] (Rijksmuseum, 1995)
  • Langs velden en wegen. De verbeelding van het landschap in de 18de en 19de eeuw [Along fields and roads. Picturing the landscape in the 18th and 19th century] (Rijksmuseum, 1997)
  • Willy Sluiter 1873-1949. Gentleman-kunstenaar [Willy Sluiter 1873-1949. Gentleman artist] (Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, 1999)
  • Travels through Town and Country. Dutch and Flemish landscape drawings 1550-1830 (Teylers Museum, Haarlem, 2000)
  • In helder licht. Abraham en Jacob van Strij. Hollandse meesters van landschap en interieur omstreeks 1800 [In clear light. Abraham and Jacob van Strij. Dutch masters of landscape and interior around 1800] (Dordrechts Museum/Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, 2000)
  • Van Watteau tot Ingres. 18de-eeuwse Franse tekeningen uit het Rijksmuseum Amsterdam [From Watteau to Ingres. French 18th-century drawings from the Rijksmuseum] (Rijksmuseum/Fondation Custodia, Paris, 2002)
  • Jan Adam Kruseman 1804-1862. De societyschilder van de Hollandse Romantiek [Jan Adam Kruseman 1804-1862. The society painter of the Dutch Romantic period] (National Museum Palace Het Loo, Apeldoorn, 2002)
  • Willem Roelofs 1822-1897. De adem der natuur [Willem Roelofs 1822-1897. The breath of nature] (Museum Jan Cunen, Oss/Kunsthal, Rotterdam, 2006-2007)
  • Cornelis Troost uit het Koninklijk Oudheidkundig Genootschap [Cornelis Troost, from the collection of the Royal Antiquarian Society] (Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, 2008)
  • Nicolaas Verkolje 1673-1746. De fluwelen hand [Nicolaas Verkolje 1673-1746. The velvet touch] (Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, 2011)

He has also written several magazine articles and contributed shorter pieces to catalogues.

Current projects:

  • Inventory catalogue of drawings at the Rijksmuseum by artists born between 1650 and 1675.
  • Exhibition catalogue of drawings from the BCD collection (Rijksmuseum).
  • Exhibition catalogue of a selection of Dutch 18th-century drawings from the Jean de Grez collection (Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels).