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Suzanne Laemers, Ph.D.

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Suzanne Laemers, Ph.D.
Curator Early Netherlandish Paintings

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De H. Johannes de Doper in de wildernis, ca. 1485-1490
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Curriculum vitae and duties

Suzanne Laemers studied art history at the Catholic University of Nijmegen. After her study she worked on a freelance basis for a short period, including for the Rijksmuseum of Twenthe in Eschede. In 1998 she started working for the RKD, where she is responsible for setting up the Friedländer extensive photo archive in RKDimages. In 2017 she received her Ph.D. for her dissertation entitled Max J. Friedländer (1867-1958). Kunst en kennerschap, een leven gewijd aan de vroege Nederlandse schilderkunst. Other projects she is working on include the indexing of the archives on the altarpiece specialists Herman De Smedt (1927-2009) and Jaap Leeuwenberg (1904-1978). Together with Matthias Ubl (Rijksmuseum) she is the driving force behind the Contact Group Early Netherlandish Art.

Publications

- ‘A matter of character”. Max J. Friedländer et ses relations avec Emile Renders et Jef Van der Veken’, in: D. Vanwijsberghe in collaboration with C. Bourguignon and J. Debergh (eds.), Autour de la “Madeleine Renders”. Un aspect de l’histoire des collections, de la    restauration et de la contrefaçon en Belgique dans la première moitié du XXe siècle, Brussel 2008 (Scientia Artis, vol 4), pp. 147-176.
- ‘Der schwere aber unvermeidliche Schritt”. Friedländers letzte Jahre in Berlin und sein Leben in den Niederlanden’, Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen N.F. 51 (2009), pp. 119-129.
- ‘Herman J. De Smedt (1927-2009), een levenslange passie voor retabels’, RKD Bulletin (2010) nr 2, pp. 15-26.
- ‘Good old Max”: the German art historian Max J. Friedländer (1867-1958), contemporary of Ludwig Burchard (1886-1960), in: L. Nijkamp, K. Bulckens, P. Valkeneers (ed.), Picturing Ludwig Burchard 1886-1960. A Rubens Scholar in Art-Historiographical Perspective,  Londen/Turnhout 2015, pp. 115-131.
- ‘Digitaal Corpus Vlaamse Retabels’, RKD Bulletin (2016) nr 2, pp. 20-23.
- Max J. Friedländer 1867-1958. Aphorismen aus Krieg- und Nachkriegszeit. Zum 150. Geburtstag, Den Haag 2017 (Introduction and formation).

Projects

 Max J. Friedländer project
Digital Corpus Flemish Altarpieces