Oud Holland

Journal for Art of the Low Countries

The oldest surviving art-historical journal in the world is a Dutch periodical. Oud Holland began life in 1883 with articles on art from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance period as well as the seventeenth century. With its numerous groundbreaking contributions – from important archival finds to major art-historical discoveries – Oud Holland has established an impressive reputation for itself. The journal is a pillar of the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History.

Oud Holland – Journal for Art of the Low Countries

Having appeared on paper for 135 years without interruption, Oud Holland is reinventing itself in 2018. The editorial board has been strengthened with the addition of more scholars and an online platform for Oud Holland is under construction. The scope of the journal will be expanded to include nineteenth-century art as well as art from the Southern Netherlands and Belgium. Oud Holland – Journal for Art of the Low Countries is ready for the next generation of art-historical research.

Arnoud van Halen, Portret van Roemer Visscher, 1700-1720, 11 x 9,5 cm, particuliere verzameling
Oud Holland - Journal for Art of the Low Countries, 2018-1, volume 131

Current issue

Content Oud Holland 2018, no. 1

Jaap van der Veen
De allegorische familiegroep van een echtpaar met twee kinderen door Gerard de Lairesse: De Amsterdamse apotheker Christoffel Sprongh en zijn gezin

Laurens Schoemaker
'Zo geestig, kunstig en natuurlyk': Het portret van de familie Quarles door Gerard Hoet I (1648-1733)

Lieke van Deinsen
Achter het masker van de Muiderkring: Een nieuw portret voor Roemer Visscher (1547-1620)

Patrick Larsen
Niet Jürgen Ovens (1623-1678), maar een onbekende oude man in Houbrakens Groote Schouburgh (1718)


A subscription to Oud Holland entitles you to receiving the printed journal in the post and gives you access to all back issues online. This puts more than 30,000 pages of art-historical information at your disposal. You can take out a subscription by completing the electronic registration form on the website of Brill Publishers.


If you would like to publish in Oud Holland or submit a proposal, or if you wish to receive the latest guidelines for authors, please contact us via There is a double blind peer review process for all articles, including shorter contributions, which we may recommend revisions, external review, editing and publication. The editorial board of Oud Holland reserves the right to reject submissions that do not comply with the academic standards specified in the guidelines.

Editorial board

Oud Holland is published under the auspices of the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History. The editorial board consists of Elmer Kolfin (editor-in-chief, RKD / University of Amsterdam), Menno Jonker (managing editor, RKD), Jan Dirk Baetens (Radboud University), Yvonne Bleyerveld (RKD), Yvette Bruijnen (independent art historian), Edwin Buijsen (Mauritshuis), Nils Büttner (Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design), Volker Manuth (Radboud University), Tine Luk Meganck (Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium).