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2021-07-doc6 Rembrandt’s Money (forthcoming)

The idea. Over three years ago I announced my intention to write about the legal and financial problems that the famous Dutch artist Rembrandt (1606-1669) encountered during his life. See https://bobwessels.nl/blog/2017-11-05-rembrandt/. Since the early 1980s I have written book, but this one promised to be very special, a legal-historic case study into a time so different than ours. Legal rules… Read More »2021-07-doc6 Rembrandt’s Money (forthcoming)

2020-11-doc1 Signing with an X mark

In the Dutch journal NRC Handelsblad of November 3, 2020, Ewout Sanders provides background of the phenomenon of singing with an X mark (‘Tekenen bij het kruisje’). He goes back to the 18th century to investigate the meaning of this Dutch expressing of make (or put) one’s mark. He would not be surprised if her history shows that the expression… Read More »2020-11-doc1 Signing with an X mark

2020-04-doc5 Do we know what a Rembrandt painting looks like?

It took some 150 years before, gradually, the 19th century experienced Rembrandt becoming the subject of more serious scholarship. Research began with the recording of anecdotes about his life, but increasingly a more factual approach on his work was adopted. As early as 1810 the first catalogue raisonné of Rembrandt’s etchings was published by William Esdaile. A first catalogue of… Read More »2020-04-doc5 Do we know what a Rembrandt painting looks like?

2019-12-doc2 Looking for Rembrandt on Dutch TV

Early this year I reported the transmission on English TV of the documentary ‘Looking for Rembrandt‘. It contains a programma, with three separate films of 60 minutes, see blog/2019-03-doc13-looking-for-rembrandt. The third programme contains some lines of an interview I gave (in September 2018) regarding Rembrandt’s financial troubles. Simply because it only came to my attention just a few days ago,… Read More »2019-12-doc2 Looking for Rembrandt on Dutch TV

2019-10-doc2 R.I.P. Rembrandt – 4 October 1669

All aspects of the life and work of Rembrandt (1606-1669) have been celebrated this year. At least twenty exhibitions have been organised in the Netherlands as well as in many other museums and galleries in the world. It was a golden year for new books and TV programmes, such as ‘Looking for Rembrandt’ (BBC 4, April 2019; blog/2019-03-doc13-looking-for-rembrandt) and September/October… Read More »2019-10-doc2 R.I.P. Rembrandt – 4 October 1669

2019-06-doc4 The Night Watch in the Dutch courts?

Yesterday, Thursday 27 June 2019, ‘Operation Night Watch’ kicked off in the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum. The painting will undergo a major cleaning-up and restoration. It’s last restauration was over 40 years ago, following an attack on the painting with a knife in 1975. During the Rijksmuseum’s continued monitoring program, it has been discovered that parts the Night Watch have changed over… Read More »2019-06-doc4 The Night Watch in the Dutch courts?

2019-06-doc2 Rembrandt studied in Leiden in 1620. But also in 1622?

‘I doubt you will find any new document on Rembrandt, as all written documents, all notarial deeds, all registrations, all shreds of evidence on any aspct of his life is known and docemented’, an American art historian and Rembrandt specialist told me a year and a half ago. In science you never can predict: this week (on 4 June 2019)… Read More »2019-06-doc2 Rembrandt studied in Leiden in 1620. But also in 1622?

2019-05-doc3 Rembrandt (1606-1669) en het civiele recht

Op 24 mei 2019 vindt in Leiden het congres van Suum Cuique plaats, met het thema ‘Kunst en Recht’. Suum Cuique is de mastervereniging voor Civiel Recht van de Universiteit Leiden. Programma: 12.45 Inloop 13.00 Welkom door dagvoorzitter, professor Egbert Koops 13.30 – 14.15 mr. Paul Russell (Russell Advocaten) – aspecten van de kunst & recht praktijk 14:15 – 15:00… Read More »2019-05-doc3 Rembrandt (1606-1669) en het civiele recht

2019-03-doc13 Looking for Rembrandt

In September last year I reported about my research into the bankruptcy (cessio bonorum) of Rembrandt. In the Netherlands, Rembrandt is hot as this year it is 350 years that he passed away. Also abroad there is interest and I was interviewed last year for a BBC programme. See blog/2018-09-doc3-the-bankruptcy-of-rembrandt-interview-bbc. Rembrandt (1606-1669) lived from 1606 till around 1631 in Leiden… Read More »2019-03-doc13 Looking for Rembrandt

2018-12-doc3 Lezing: het failllissement van Rembrandt

Zie uit naar het verzorgen van de Dieslezing voor het Dispuut voor Romeins recht en Europese rechtsgeschiedenis Philips van Leyden b.p., verbonden aan de Leiden Law School. Datum: woensdag 12 december 2018. Onderwerp: het faillissement van Rembrandt. Bijeenkomst: KOG, Steenschuur 25, Leiden. Programma: Borrel: 17.30u (B025); Lezing: 18.30u (B035). Organisatie via Maarten Klink, Praeses van Philips van Leyden b.p. Info… Read More »2018-12-doc3 Lezing: het failllissement van Rembrandt