Winter Landscape with Ice Skaters

Hendrick Avercamp, c. 1608, painting, SK-A-1718

Hendrick Avercamp turned the winter landscape into a subject in its own right. A typical feature of his early work is the high horizon. This enabled Avercamp to focus on the dozens of figures on the ice. He showed all kinds of uncouth details in this bird’s-eye view, including couples making love…

Ten weepers from the tomb of…

Jan Borman (II) (attributed to), Renier van Thienen (attributed to), c. 1475 - c. 1476, tomb figure, BK-AM-33-J

Isabella of Bourbon, wife of Charles the Bold, duke of Burgundy, Brabant and Limburg and count of Flanders, Holland and Zeeland, died in 1465. He had a superb tomb made for her at St Michiel’s Abbey in Antwerp. Around it stood 24 figures of grieving relatives and ancestors - called weepers. They…

Table ornament

Wenzel Jamnitzer, 1549, table peace, BK-17040-A

This receptacle stood on the table on special occasions. Although it was never used for food, since it was far too precious. It was made for the city of Nuremberg in 1549 by Wenzel Jamnitzer, then a world-famous silversmith. Jamnitzer produced incredibly intricate work using a new method. All the…

View of Olinda, Brazil

Frans Jansz Post, 1662, painting, SK-A-742

Tempted by Brazil’s sugar plantations, in the 1630s the Dutch captured much of Portugal’s colony on South America’s western coast. They were forced to withdraw in the 1650s. Frans Post went to Brazil from 1636 to 1644 to sketch and paint the country and its inhabitants. Back in the Netherlands, he…

Twee toiletkoffers

André-Charles Boulle (attributed to), c. 1685 - c. 1690, BK-2009-255-1

These magnificent showpieces were made by Europe’s most celebrated cabinetmaker: André-Charles Boulle. He probably made them for Louis II de Bourbon, Prince de Condé who gave them to his daughter Marie-Thérèse when she married. The boxes have lids so they can be used for storage, although that is…

Landschap met ruiters

anonymous, c. 1500, BK-16384

Ritual bell

anonymous, after -482, jingle, AK-MAK-9

Three-headed Vishnu

anonymous, anonymous, c. 750 - c. 825, figure, AK-RAK-1990-3

Portret van Erasmus

Albrecht Dürer, 1526, print, RP-P-OB-1281

Hoge hoed van S.J.P. Kruger

Box en Co Ltd Cooper, c. 1850 - c. 1904, hat, NG-709-1