The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Van Herck Collection: Terracottas from the 17th and 18th Century at the Bonnefantenmuseum
Jacques Bergé, The Crucifixion of Peter, terracotta, 35 x 56 cm. 1733. Photo: King Boudewijn Foundation, coll. Charles Van Herck, Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, Belgium, © P. de Formanoir.

MAASTRICHT.- There are over 50 terracotta statues on display in the exhibition The Van Herck collection - Terracottas from the 17th and 18th century in the Bonnefantenmuseum. The statues were part of the impressive collection of the Antwerp art connoisseur and collector Charles Van Herck (1884 – 1955). A small selection of his collection, which his relatives placed in the custody of the King Boudewijn Foundation in Brussels, is usually on display in the Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. As the museum is currently undergoing renovation, this summer the Bonnefantenmuseum is exhibiting a larger selection from this collection and making it accessible once again to a wide public. The exhibition is on view from July 3 through October 9 2011.

Van Herck
Charles Van Herck came from a family of antique dealers, and on graduating as an architect from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, in 1902, he followed in the footsteps of his forefathers. Besides being a dealer, he also acted as an expert at auctions, made inventories of estates, and did research into his great passion: the life and work of Antwerp sculptors from the 17th and 18th century. Through this interest, Charles Van Herck developed a great aesthetic preference for drawings and terracottas by these sculptors, putting together an exceptional collection of drawings and terracottas by these Antwerp artists.

Bozzetti & Modelli
In his private collection, Van Herck was able to amass many bozzetti and modelli, which are forms of modelling that give excellent insight into the creative process of the sculptor. The bozzetti often served as a way of recording an artist's idea by working it roughly and quickly in clay. The modelli, on the other hand, were more advanced and detailed versions of the original idea and were often used to obtain the approval of the patron. The modelli were often kept in the sculptors' ateliers for longer than the bozetti, because they were more detailed and could therefore be used as study material later on, whereas the bozzetti were regarded merely as quick sketches and were destroyed after they had served their purpose. Nowadays, the modelli, in particular, are regarded as works of art in their own right, and this happened occasionally in the 17th and 18th century as well, as shown by the signatures on some of the modelli from the collection.

The highlights of the exhibition include a signed self-portrait of the Antwerp-London sculptor Michael Rysbrack, dating from around 1730. The artist regards the world self-confidently and the soft fabrics of his coat and shirt have been made to look very lifelike in the hard-baked terracotta.

Of a whole other order, but no less impressive is the Modello made by Artus Quellinus the Elder, around 1650, for a marble relief in the Royal Palace (previously the town hall) in Amsterdam. The representation of Apollo and Python is still part of a series of depictions of gods from antiquity.

The terracottas are both religious and secular in nature, and stories are represented from the Bible as well as from antiquity, though not all the statues are narrative. There are also portraits of Hercules, Beethoven and Rossini, as well as the aforementioned self-portrait by Rysbrack.

Today's News

July 4, 2011

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya's Romanesque Art Shines in Renovated Galleries

The Van Herck Collection: Terracottas from the 17th and 18th Century at the Bonnefantenmuseum

First Large-Scale U.S. Exhibition of Helmut Newton's Work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum Explores Relationship Between Two Iconic Painting Series by Monet and Lichtenstein

Exhibition of Recent Photographs by Roe Ethridge at Gagosian in Beverly Hills

303 Gallery Presents a Group Exhibition "The Art of Climbing Mountains"

Two Great Visionaries of Art and Language: Ed Ruscha and Jack Kerouac at the Hammer Museum

Experience Berlin's Most Innovative Exhibition, The Landmark Humboldt Box

Cleveland Museum of Art Acquires Rare 13th Century Chinese Carved Lacquer Box

National Park Service Reveals Architectural Drawings of First Phase of Flight 93 Memorial

New Jersey Fossil Dig Endangered by Low Cost Housing and Retail Development Plan

50 Years of Women's Lithographs from Tamarind Exhibited by the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Exclusive Costume Exhibition from Oscar Award-Winning Films Opens at the Ulster Museum

New York's Fort Ticonderoga Shows Off Its Artistic Side

Harn Museum of Art Presents First Retrospective of Jerry Uelsmann's Work

Smithsonian Folklife Festival Opens on Mall in DC

Cranbrook Academy of Art Artists Sweep Kresge Awards

Queensland Art Gallery Presents a Major Exhibition of Contemporary Torres Strait

Soul Train Items Donated to National Museum of African American History and Culture

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- New Rembrandt found after being bought at London auction

2.- Exhibition at Fotohof focuses on groups in society who are at risk of marginalisation

3.- John Brennan collection of Rock n Roll memorabilia offered at RR Auction

4.- A Bob Dylan guitar fetches $495,000 at auction

5.- Exhibition in San Francisco focuses on the latter half of René Magritte's career

6.- 'Mad' king Ludwig II of Bavaria lost gift to composer Richard Wagner gets rare show

7.- New Royal Academy of Arts opens in celebration of its 250th anniversary

8.- Researchers uncover Anne Frank's 'dirty jokes'in her diary

9.- New York art sales near $3 billion in two weeks as uber-rich hunt trophies

10.- Berlin's Ethnological Museum returns grave-plundered artefacts to Alaska

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful