Book Series Museums at the Crossroads, vol. 29

Cambridge and the Study of Netherlandish Art

The Low Countries and the Fens

Meredith Hale (ed)

  • Pages: 223 p.
  • Size:210 x 297 mm
  • Illustrations:96 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2016

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-56634-4
  • Paperback
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Nine essays explore the study and collecting of Netherlandish art in Cambridge.


The Speelman Fellowship in Netherlandish Art at Wolfson College, Cambridge, celebrated its fortieth anniversary in 2011. Holders of the Fellowship have included such world-renowned scholars as Dr Lorne Campbell of the National Gallery, London, Professor Joanna Woodall of the Courtauld Institute of Art, and Professor Ivan Gaskell of the Bard Institute in New York.  They have all contributed to the present volume, which presents new research by no fewer than seven Speelman Fellows and is edited by the post's present incumbent.

Edward Speelman’s endowment of the Fellowship in 1971 has crucially supplemented Cambridge's tradition of distinguished scholarship in the field.  It also complements the important holdings of Dutch and Flemish works in the Fitzwilliam Museum and in Cambridge Colleges, a range of which are discussed in this volume.  The eminent historian of Early Modern Art, Professor Jean Michel Massing of King’s College, who has advised on the selection of Speelman Fellows for nearly forty years, also contributes an essay here.


Jean Michel Massing & Meredith McNeill Hale, The Speelman Fellowship and Netherlandish Art in Cambridge

Lorne Campbell, Antoine, the ‘Grand Bâtard De Bourgogne’, and his Portrait by Rogier Van Der Weyden

Joanna Woodall, ‘Greater or lesser?’ Tuning into the Pendants of the Five Senses by Jan Brueghel the Elder and his Companions

Ivan Gaskell, Fooled Again: Trompe l’Oeil Revisited

Maria-Isabel Pousão-Smith, Adriaen Brouwer’s Hybrid Technique and Social Indeterminacy

Lindsey Shaw-Miller, ‘Beautiful Secrets’: Poetical Disclosure in the Work of Michael Sweerts (1618‒64)

Cordula van Wyhe, The Fabric of Female Rule in Leone Leoni’s Statue of Mary of Hungary, c. 1556

Meredith McNeill Hale, Hollands hollende koe: The Political Satirist and Moral Conviction

Elenor Ling, The Dutch and Flemish Print Albums Compiled by Lord Fitzwilliam (1745‒1816) at the Fitzwilliam Museum