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  • Silvia Massa


January 24, 2018

Born on this day: Georg F. Schmidt (1712)


In the Netherlands, the Royal Family's choice to auction at Christie's 13 Old Master drawings including one sheet by Rubens sparked criticism: should a private collector first enquire national museums about a potential acquisition?

In Belgium, the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp received a group of extraordinary objects (a map of Utopia by Abraham Ortelius and 3 sketchbooks by Pieter II Verbruggen) on long-term loan from the Flemish government and the King Baudouin Foundation. They were on display at the museum for a very short time.


Leonardo at the Cabinet Jean Bonne of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris: the exhibition Léonard de Vinci et la Renaissance italienne opens on January 25 (vernissage on the 24) until April 19. Four drawings by Leonardo will be on display with other 26 drawings from the Cabinet's collection dating back to XV-XVI centuries.

Leonardo in the UK: from February 1 to May 6, 12 drawings will be shown in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and Sunderland. Leonardo Da Vinci: a life in drawing will then bring these drawings together to form part of an exhibition of over 200 sheets at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, the largest exhibition of Leonardo's work in over 65 years.

All the Rembrandts at the Rijksmuseum: on February 14, 60 drawings and more than 300 prints will be displayed together with 22 paintings in Amsterdam. The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive programme of lectures, workshops and events. Tour calendars available here.

Rembrandt in Cosenza, Palazzo Arnone. 30 prints lent by private collectors will be on display for the Rembrandt. I cicli grafici, le sue più belle incisioni exhibition (25 January-24 March).