In Oud Holland: new insights about the Ghent Altarpiece (1432)

With this issue, we release the 135th volume of Oud Holland. We turn to the opening pages with the greatest Flemish painters of the fifteenth century, Hubert and Jan van Eyck. Paul Claes provides new insights about the quatrain on the Ghent Altarpiece from 1432, and Bernhard Ridderbos offers a thorough new analysis of the famous polyptych in terms of its iconography and patrons.

Oud Holland has a history of publishing scholarly debates between multiple authors. Think of the discussion between Jørgen Wadum and Eric Jan Sluijter about the portrait of the young Rembrandt with gorget in Oud Holland 114 (2000). With this tradition, issue 1 of 2022 picks up on a spirited discussion about Rembrandt’s bankruptcy by Machiel Bosman, Dave De ruysscher and Cornelis in ’t Veld. For summaries of the articles, go to

Oud Holland – Journal for Art of the Low Countries 2022 - 1, volume 135:

Paul Claes
A new reading of the quatrain on the Ghent Altarpiece

Bernhard Ridderbos
The Ghent Altarpiece: Iconography and patronage

Machiel Bosman
Rembrandt’s insolvency: A critique

Dave De ruysscher & Cornelis in ’t Veld
Rembrandt’s insolvency: A reply

Over Oud Holland

The oldest surviving art-historical journal in the world is a Dutch periodical. From 1883 until now Oud Holland – Journal for Art of the Low Countries publishes scholarly articles about important archival finds and major art-historical discoveries. The scope of Oud Holland is art from the Low Countries from c. 1400 to 1920. For more information and news about recent issues of Oud Holland, online reviews, subscriptions and information for authors, visit