Just a little post to say HELLO to you; I haven’t forgotten about blogging, just haven’t had the time and opportunity.’
There is a lot going on, and coming into the living room this morning, and seeing the table I work and study on, it was obvious that the only way to show you was to make a picture of what the table was looking like.
There is a lot to be done every day. In the center of the picture you can see one of my study books. Topic now is 17th and 18th century, politics, religion, social life and of course culture. Very, very interesting, and that is what made me go and visit the Rijksmuseum last weekend. You can see a bookmark from there on the left. (as a souvenir I always buy a bookmark wherever I go).
In the middle you can see Erasmus’ most famous work. This book is a translation into modern Dutch, and it is very easy to read and actually quite hilarious. Looking at what the world looks like now, I think it couldn’t hurt to read the wise words of this man again.
You are problably the most interested in the item on the right, and I have to disappoint you, because that is the one I can’t say anything about. December gifts are being made, and it has to stay a secret for another few weeks.
To end this post, I would like to show you something you might not have known, and which is a bit peculiar.
Back in the 17th and 18th century it became a habit of prominent people to have their portrait painted. Sometimes they wanted it themselves, but it also happened that institutions wanted portraits of their most important men. Nowadays you just would make a picture and have it printed several times. Back then, that wasn’t really an option. But what they did, wasn’t that different.
In the Mauritshuis in The Hague, you can find this picture of Michiel de Ruyter, painted by Ferdinand Bol:
In the Rijksmuseum we found this picture:
You have to look carefully, but then you can see small differences, especially at the curtain and the ships.
Both paintings are made by the same painter, or more precisely, by the workshop of this painter. The master himself ‘designed’ the picture, painted the main parts, and the smaller, less important parts are made by his pupils or co-workers.