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'Oud Holland' 132-4: Hans Memling, Maarten van Heemskerck and Wouter Crabeth

This issue of Oud Holland presents four 15th and 16th-century topics, among which the very detailed scenes from the passion of Christ by Hans Memling. The panel shows a particular sculpture group which now, for the first time, is explained in the context of the complete work.

The second article discusses the virtual pilgrimage: a fascinating alternative for Catholic people who were not able to leave their homes for a religious journey to Rome. A recently rediscovered panel with the image of Christ on the cross offers important insights into this practice around 1500.

The famous 16th-century artist Maarten van Heemskerck must have been constantly searching for artistic motifs in a quest to create his own distinctive style. This in-depth article shows not only this practice of emulation and innovation, but also presents new work by Heemskerck.

Lastly, a recently acquired glass panel by Wouter Crabeth triggers the author to revisit the whole series of painted windows of the Sint-Janskerk in Gouda. Apparently, the window panel – with a skeleton, a devil and a personification of sin – is not a straightforward representation.

1. Cover Oud Holland 2019-4, volume 132.
2. Jan van Scorel, Mary Magdalene, Rijksmuseum.


Oud Holland – Journal for Art of the Low Countries, volume 132, nr. 4:

Marjan Pantjes
Uncovering the identities of Cain and Lamech: Christian typology in Hans Memling’s scenes from the passion of Christ (ca. 1470)

Miyako Sugiyama
Performing virtual pilgrimage to Rome: A rediscovered Christ crucified from a series of three panel paintings (ca. 1500)

Ilja M. Veldman
Adaptation, emulation and innovation: Scorel, Gossaert and other artists as a source of inspiration for the young Heemskerck

Zsuzsanna van Ruyven-Zeman
The Gouda windows revisited: An unexecuted design by Wouter Crabeth