Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art / Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 66 (2016)

Netherlandish Art in its Global Context


Netherlandish art testifies in various ways to the interconnectedness of the Early Modern world. New trade routes, the international Catholic mission, and a thriving publishing industry turned Antwerp and Amsterdam into capitals of global exchange. Netherlandish prints found a worldwide public. At home, everyday lives changed as foreign luxuries, and local copies, became widely available. Eventually, Dutch imitations of Chinese porcelain found their way to colonists in Surinam. This volume of the Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art breaks new ground in applying the aims and approaches of global art history to the Low Countries, with essays ranging from Greenland to South Africa and Mexico to Sri Lanka. The Netherlands, as a fringe area of the Habsburg Empire marked by internal fault lines, demonstrated remarkable artistic flexibility and productivity in the first period of intensive exchange between Europe and the rest of the world.

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Thijs Weststeijn, PhD (2005), University of Amsterdam, is professor of art history before 1850 at Utrecht University. He chairs the research project The Chinese Impact: Images and Ideas of China in the Dutch Golden Age (2014-2019).

Eric Jorink, PhD (2004), University of Groningen, is Teylers professor at Leiden University and researcher at the Huygens Institute (KNAW). He is the author of Reading the Book of Nature in the Dutch Golden Age, 1575-1715.

Frits Scholten, PhD (2003), University of Amsterdam, is senior curator of sculpture at the Rijksmuseum and holds the chair in the History of Western Sculpture before 1800 at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. He has published widely on Western sculpture and decorative arts. His most recent publication is Small Wonders. Late-Gothic Boxwood Micro-carvings from the Low Countries (Amsterdam 2016).
Table of Contents

Thijs Weststeijn
Introduction: Global art history and the Netherlands

Nicole Blackwood
Meta Incognita: Some hypotheses on Cornelis Ketel’s lost English and Inuit portraits

Stephanie Porras
Going viral? Maerten de Vos’s St Michael the Archangel

Christine Göttler
‘Indian daggers with idols’ in the early modern constcamer. Collecting, picturing and imagining ‘exotic’ weaponry in the Netherlands and beyond

Barbara Uppenkamp
‘Indian’ motifs in Peter Paul Rubens’s The martyrdom of Saint Thomas and The miracles of Saint Francis Xavier

Thijs Weststeijn and Lennert Gesterkamp
A new identity for Rubens’s ‘Korean man’: Portrait of the Chinese merchant Yppong

Ebeltje Hartkamp-Jonxis
Sri Lankan ivory caskets and cabinets on Dutch commission, 1640-1710

Julie Berger Hochstrasser
A South African mystery: Remarkable studies of the Khoikhoi

Ching-Ling Wang
A Dutch model for a Chinese woodcut: On Han Huaide’s Herding a bull in a forest

Annemarie Klootwijk
Curious Japanese black. Shaping the identity of Dutch imitation lacquer

Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann
The ‘Netherlandish model’? Netherlandish art history as/and global art history
All interested in the history of Early Modern art and material culture, especially that of the Low Countries in relation to the non-European world.
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