Fishing for Souls

Adriaen Pietersz. van de Venne, 1614, painting, SK-A-447

Protestants (left) and Catholics (right) are competing for adherents by a river. The politicsal nature of the struggle between Protestants and Catholics is reflected in the presence of powerful rivals on either side. Left: Stadholder Prince Maurice and his brother Frederick Henry with their allies.…

A Pelican and other Birds near a…

Melchior d'Hondecoeter, c. 1680, painting, SK-A-175

Melchior d’Hondecoeter specialised in depicting birds. Here he painted a pelican, various ducks, a cassowary (left), a flamingo and an African crested crane. D’Hondecoeter was commissioned to paint the work by Stadholder William III and his wife Mary. It was intended for Het Loo palace, where…

A Windmill on a Polder Waterway,…

Paul Joseph Constantin Gabriël, c. 1889, painting, SK-A-1505

‘Our country is colourful, juicy, fat. (...) I repeat, our country is not dull, not even in dull weather, the dunes are not dull either’, Constant Gabriël wrote in a letter. Unlike many artists of the Hague School, he preferred painting fine summer days. Here there are two: the grass, sky and…

The Seven Works of Mercy

Master of Alkmaar, 1504, painting, SK-A-2815

A town in Holland is the setting for a narrative strip showing how a good Christian should help the needy. In almost all the scenes, Christ appears among the onlookers. The scenes give a sense of town life around 1500. This is one of the many art works severely damaged when Protestants cleansed…

Oopjen Coppit (1611-1689)

Rembrandt van Rijn, 1634, painting, SK-C-1768

Marten Soolmans (1613-1641)

Rembrandt van Rijn, 1634, painting, SK-A-5033

Dish Relief

Jan Schoonhoven, 1963, SK-A-5007

Although by the 1960s, artist Jan J. Schoonhoven was celebrated worldwide, he continued to work full-time for the Dutch Post Office (PTT). At first he used to make his characteristic white reliefs of squares and rectangles at night, on the kitchen table. Occasionally he tried other shapes. He showed…

Madonna of Humility

Fra Angelico, c. 1440, painting, SK-A-3011

View of the Golden Bend in the…

Gerrit Adriaensz. Berckheyde, 1671 - 1672, painting, SK-A-5003

Here we see the canal as it was, shortly before 1672. The crisis that would mark that year had yet to break, and construction is proceeding apace. One house in the background is wrapped in scaffolding; at the start of Spiegelstraat workers are laying paving stones, while building materials lie round…

Square Man

Karel Appel, 1951, painting, SK-A-5002

The square man squeezes with difficulty into this square canvas. He seems to squint slightly with his red and green eyes and his blue mouth gapes open. The head is too big, the body is too small, and the arms and legs are too short, yet with his fiercely coloured body and his ponderous genitals, he…