Journal Article

Collecting for posterity

Wessel Krul

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 21, issue 2, pages 163-171
Published in print November 2009 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online March 2009 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhp013
Collecting for posterity

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In the first half of the nineteenth century, collecting Old Masters was the most prestigious form of art collecting in the Netherlands, both because of the international fame of these artists and because of their status as national icons. Around mid-century, however, some Dutch collectors began to focus on contemporary European art. This paper will consider this shift in the context of changes in taste and the problem of national identity at that time. The banker Adriaan van der Hoop (1778–1854) and the coal merchant Carel Fodor (1801–60), both of whom left their collections to the city of Amsterdam, will be discussed as examples of this changing fashion.

Journal Article.  5129 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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