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Rieke van Leeuwen, MA

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Matthäus Merian (II)

Zelfportret van Matthäus Merian II (1621-1687) met een kop van Seneca, c. 1645-1646
Frankfurt am Main, Historisches Museum Frankfurt

Curriculum vitae and duties

Rieke van Leeuwen studied art history at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. From 1982-1994 she worked for the Mauritshuis in The Hague where she, initially as scientific staff member and later as curator, collaborated on various exhibition and was responsible for the editing of catalogues and other publications. She has worked for the RKD-Netherlands Institute for Art History since 1994. From 2001 till 2013 she was the head of Digital Collections. In this role she made an important contribution to the structure of Artists and Images and regularly held readings and workhops on digitalisation in the heritage sector. She has worked as project leader of Gerson Digital since 2013, which documents the cultural exchange between the Netherlands and other European countries between 1500 and 1900. This was carried out in close collaboration with national and international partners. In collaboration with the University of Torùn she published her first part of the Gerson Digital series on the cultural exchange between the Netherlands and Poland. In 2015 Gerson Digital: Danmark was published, which is a collaboration between the RKD and the University of Leiden, the Statens Museum for Art and Rosenborg Slott in Copenhagen. Together with various partners she is currently working on Gerson Digital: Germany.

Publications (selection)

- Gerson Digital : Denmark. Dutch and Flemish art in European perspective 1500-1900. Part II, The Hague (RKD) 2015 ( (coll. H. Gerson and J. Roding (eds.) e.a.)
- Gerson Digital : Poland. Dutch and Flemish painting in European perspective 1500-1900. Part I, The Hague (RKD) 2013 ( (coll. H. Gerson,  J. Tylicki et al.)
- Michaelis Collection : the Old Town House, Cape Town : catalogue of the collection of paintings and drawings, Zwolle 1997 (coll. H. Fransen, Ch. Dumas et al.)
- Huidziekten in de beeldende kunst (Glaxo publication), Zeist 1992 (coll. M.C. Crijns)
- Great Dutch paintings from America (Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco), San Francisco 1991 (coll. B. Broos et al.)