In Oud Holland: Early Netherlandish art in the long nineteenth century

The goal of Oud Holland to publish more research on art of the nineteenth century, as well as on topics related to the Southern Netherlands and Belgium, has come to fruition. With thanks to the guest editors Alison Hokanson and Edward H. Wouk, the current double issue is entirely devoted to the reception of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century art in the long nineteenth century.

This special issue of Oud Holland offers new perspectives on the 'rediscovery' of early Netherlandish art in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. It probes the intersection of creative and scholarly initiatives that helped to secure the status of art produced in the Low Countries between 1420 to 1550.

Investigating topics ranging from Karl Schnaase's pioneering writings, to Augustus Pugin's influential designs, to James Ensor's unconventional imagery, the introduction and six articles explore specific cases in the reception, interpretation, and promotion of early Netherlandish art. Topics addressed include art criticism and exhibitions, architecture and design, and the emergence of 'reproductive' photography.


1. Cover Oud Holland 2020-3/4, volume 133
2. Wilhelm Koller, Hugo van der Goes painting the portrait of Mary of Burgundy, ca. 1872, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Oud Holland – Journal for Art of the Low Countries, volume 133, no. 3/4:

Theme issue: Early Netherlandish art in the long nineteenth century

Alison Hokanson & Edward H. Wouk
The past is always present: The image of early Netherlandish art in the long nineteenth century

I Documenting the past

Sandra Hindriks
Present or absent? Jan van Eyck and the 1549 goblet of the Antwerp painters' guild

Érika Wicky
Detail and texture: Edmond Fierlants' reproductions of the 'Flemish Primitives' and their reception

II Appropriating the past

Douglas Brine
'Beautiful authorities': Augustus W.N. Pugin and early Netherlandish painting

Susan M. Canning
Ensor's flandricisms and the cultural politics of Belgian identity

III Interpreting the past

Henrik Karge
Karl Schnaase's Niederländische Briefe (1834): Early Netherlandish painting in European perspective

William J. Diebold
'A fashionable sickness': Paul Clemen on the early twentieth-century 'preference for the Primitives'

About 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 ca. 1400 to 1920. For more information and news about recent issues of Oud Holland, online reviews, back issues, subscriptions and information for authors, visit