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The Rembrandt Database – 18 paintings from The Leiden Collection now online

donderdag 6 juni 2019 - 15:08

The Rembrandt Database – Research resource on Rembrandt paintings

The Leiden Collection has enriched The Rembrandt Database with more than 150 research documents on fifteen paintings by Rembrandt, as well as three Rembrandt-related paintings. 

Among the works in the collection are three of Rembrandt’s earliest paintings from ca. 1625-1625, 'Stone Operation' ('Allegory of Touch'), 'Three Musicians' ('Allegory of Hearing'), and 'Unconscious Patient' ('Allegory of Smell'). Also his 'Self Portrait with Shaded Eyes' (1634) and 'Minerva In her Study' (1635), as well as  the recently acquired 'Bust of a Bearded Old Man' (1633) and 'Man with a Sword' (1644).

Aside from image documents such as X-radiographies, infrared images, and raking light images, written reports on dendrochronological analysis and technical summaries on the paintings are also now available online. 

Since The Leiden Collection was formed only in the past sixteen years, many of its paintings had previously undergone scientific research and/or treatment before entering the New York-based collection. Thanks to collaborations with other partners, the Rembrandt Database has been able to collect technical documents from four different institutions and/or individual researchers on the paintings of The Leiden Collection: namely, the Cultural Heritage Agency in Amsterdam/Amersfoort, The Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies in Cambridge (MA), the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and René Gerritsen Art & Artresearch Photography.

Additionally, private conservator Menno Dooijes has kindly granted permission to publish online a treatment report written by him, and the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm has done the same for a series of X-radiographs of 'Minerva in her Study', which were made at an earlier date. These research documents greatly complement the data shared by The Leiden Collection. 

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The Rembrandt Database is a freely accessible English website with research material - texts, images and research data - on paintings by and/or (formerly) attributed to Rembrandt. The Rembrandt Database is a collaboration between museums, research institutes and researchers worldwide, coordinated by the RKD and made financially possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York. The development of the database was a joint initiative of the RKD and the Mauritshuis.

The Rembrandt Database focuses in particular on providing access to images and texts resulting from material technical examination and restorations of paintings from the eighteenth century onwards. This material, which is spread around the world, is brought together virtually for the first time in the database in the form of high-quality digital images with detailed metadata. The database is designed to offer an overview of existing information and documentation to restorers, curators, researchers, students and other professionals, and to provide documentation for further research.

Visit for more information (and newly published research on its Rembrandt paintings) The Leiden Collection.

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