Teréz Gerszi


complete catalogue
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 2005

English, 384 pp., b&w. and col. ills.
ISBN 963 7063 08 0

The Museum's collection of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish drawings is based largely on the Esterházy collection, although pieces from the István Delhaes bequest also feature, as do works acquired by the Museum through purchase. There are in addition a few drawings that came to the Museum as donations. The present volume offers, by way of the 350 drawings it contains, a survey of the principal phases in the development of Dutch and Flemish drawing during the seventeenth century. The core of the collection consists of works by Rembrandt and his followers (J.A. Backer, Ferdinand Bol, Lambert Doomer, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Barent Fabritius, Abraham Furnerius, Samuel van Hoogstraten, Nicolaes Maes, Roelant Roghman), and works by so-called "Italianate" masters active in Italy for longer or shorter periods (Nicolaes Berchem, Jan Both, Bartholomeus Breenbergh, Leonaert Bramer, Adriaen van der Cabel, Abraham Casembroot, Jan Glauber, Adriaen Honigh, Hendrik Goudt, Pieter van Lint, Godfried Maes, Cornelis van Poelenburch, Artus Quellinus, Jan Erasmus Quellinus, Willem Romeyn, Jan Roos, Aegidius Sadeler, Herman van Swanevelt, Cornelis de Wael ). As well as drawings by the members of these two large groups, sheets by Aelbert Cuyp, Jacob van Jordaens, Frans van Mieris, Adriaen van Ostade, Jan Porcellis, Pieter Pauwel Rubens, Jacob van Ruisdael, and Willem van de Velde II are crucially important in the Budapest collection, since these works mark the apogee of Dutch and Flemish drawing in the seventeenth century. An interesting feature of the Budapest collection is that it contains works by a number of minor masters (for example, Adriaen de Gryeff, Willem Herp, Frans de Jongh, Govaeert van der Leeuw, Robert de Longe, Jacob Isaacsz. van Swanenburgh) whose works are little known, or not yet known at all.

The catalogue contains reproductions of 350 works, of which 102 are in colour. In connection with the drawings, 87 important analogies are published.

Teréz Gerszi, the author of the present volume, is a former head of the Collection of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest. Over the last decades she has conducted research into Flemish, Dutch and German drawings produced in the years around 1600. Her publications analyse mainly the drawings made by the Flemish landscape painters Jan Brueghel, Joos de Momper, Lodewijk Toeput, and Frederik van Valckenborch. She has published numerous studies investigating the impact of Pieter Bruegel the Elder on Dutch and Flemish landscape art from around 1550 to the 1670s. Her research findings with regard to the drawings by Prague's so-called Rudolphine masters have been published in various periodicals, as well as in the catalogue of the "Prag um 1600" exhibition staged in Essen and Vienna, in the catalogue of the "Rudolf II and Prague" exhibition put on in the Czech capital, and in her monograph on the draughtmanship of Paulus van Vianen.

With regard to the collection of drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, two complete scientific catalogues have been published so far: Netherlandish Drawings in the BudapestMuseum. Sixteenth-Century Drawings (Amsterdam and New York, 1971) by Teréz Gerszi and Seventeenth-Century Italian Drawings in the BudapestMuseum of Fine Arts. A Complete Catalogue (Budapest, 2004) by Andrea Czére.

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