Suzanne Laemers, Ph.D.

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Suzanne Laemers, Ph.D.
Curator Early Netherlandish Paintings

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Geertgen tot Sint Jans

De H. Johannes de Doper in de wildernis, ca. 1485-1490
Berlin, Gemäldegalerie (Staatliche Museen zu [..]

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 gained interest for the art historian Max J. Friedländer (1867-1958) after gaining insight into the wealth of material stored at the RKD which he left to the institute in his will. She is currently working on a dissertation on the scientific merits of Friedländer who remains an important figure to this day. She is also responsible for setting up the Friedländer extensive photo archive in RKDimages. 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). At the moment she is also preparing an exhibition dedicated to the restorer and imitator of Flemish primitives, Jef Van der Veken (1872-1964) in collaboration with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. This archive can also be found at the RKD. Together with Matthias Ubl (Rijksmuseum) she is the driving force behind the Contact Group Early Netherlandish Art.


- ‘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.
- ‘Es freut mich immer wenn Sie mich als “Blitzableiter” gebrauchen können’. Hans Schneider en Max Friedländer: vakbroeders in voor- en tegenspoed’, RKD Bulletin: Bijdragen voor Rudi Ekkart. Bij zijn afscheid als directeur van het RKD (2012) nr 2, pp. 111-115.
- ‘De lieveling van Max Friedländer: Johannes in de wildernis door Geertgen tot Sint Jans’, in: Ch. Dumas et al. (ed.), Liber Amicorum Marijke de Kinkelder. Collegiale bijdragen over landschappen, marines en architectuur, The Hague 2013, pp. 243-250.
- ‘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.


 Max J. Friedländer project
Digital Corpus Flemish Altarpieces