The Seven Works of Mercy

Master of Alkmaar, 1504, painting, SK-A-2815

A town in Holland is the setting for a narrative strip showing how a good Christian should help the needy. In almost all the scenes, Christ appears among the onlookers. The scenes give a sense of town life around 1500. This is one of the many art works severely damaged when Protestants cleansed…

The Massacre of the Innocents

Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem, 1590, painting, SK-A-128

Two temple guardians

anonymous, c. 1300 - c. 1400, AK-RAK-2007-1-B

These guards stand at the entrance to a temple to ward off evil. They are holding a vajra, with which to crush ignorance. Their open and shut mouths represent the first and last letters of the Japanese script: A and N: this symbolises the totality of sounds and letters, of knowledge. Worshippers who…

Italian Landscape with Umbrella…

Hendrik Voogd, 1807, painting, SK-A-4688

Voogd was known as the Dutch Claude, after the French painter Claude Lorrain, who was famous for his historical landscapes bathed in a golden glow. Voogd depicted the garden at Villa Borghese in Rome late in the afternoon: the sun casts long shadows and the trees stand out starkly against the sky.…

Mary, Joseph and three angels

Adriaen van Wesel, c. 1475 - c. 1477, BK-NM-11713

Bust of Piet Hein

Hendrik de Keyser (II) (attributed to), 1636, figure, BK-NM-2865

The Hut

Adriaen van de Velde, 1671, painting, SK-A-443

Groteskentapijt met Hercules

Meester van het Geometrische Merk, c. 1545 - c. 1550, BK-1959-83

Casket

anonymous, c. 1560 - c. 1600, BK-17523

Seven plates from the service of…

Meissener Porzellan Manufaktur, c. 1772 - c. 1774, plate (dishes), BK-1964-5