CODART – the international council for curators of Dutch and Flemish art – aims to further the study, care, accessibility and display of art from the Low Countries in museums around the globe. It serves as a platform for exchange and cooperation between curators from different parts of the world, with different levels of experience, and from different types and sizes of institutions. Our organization stimulates international inter-museum cooperation through a variety of activities, including congresses, focus meetings, publications and our website ( By these means CODART strives to solidify the cultural ties between the Netherlands and Flanders, and to make the artistic heritage of these countries accessible to the international art-loving public.

Founded in 1998, CODART was an initiative of Gary Schwartz and the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (ICN), now the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. It enjoys the generous support of the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW).


Bi-annual digital newsletter of the international council for curators of Dutch and Flemish art.
P.O. Box 90418
NL-2509 LK The Hague
The Netherlands
T +31 70 333 9744 / F +31 70 333 9749
Editor and translator: Diane Webb
Coordinators: Brenda Eijkenaar-Schooneveld, Gerdien Verschoor
Design and technical development: Occhio internet communication / web development
Cover: Joost Jansz Lanckaert, Tapestry depicting the relief of Leiden, 1587-89, Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden. inv. no. 3358

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This issue was made possible by the generous support of:

Foundation Dioraphte
Friends of CODART Foundation
Mondriaan Foundation
Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation
The European Fine Arts Fair (TEFAF)

CODART Patrons and corporate sponsors

George Abrams, Boston
NEW Johnny van Haeften, London
Hoogsteder&Hoogsteder, The Hague
NEW George and Ilone Kremer, Amsterdam
The Leiden Gallery, New York
NEW Thomas Leysen, Brussels
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Amb. J. William Middendorf II, Little Compton
RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History), The Hague
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Simoons & Company, Bussum
Joan and Marc Sherman, New York
The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), Helvoirt
Rob Vellekoop, Rotterdam
NEW Axel Vervoordt, Wijnegem
Vlaamse Kunstcollectie (Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen, Musea Brugge,
Museum Schone Kunsten Gent)
W Books, Zwolle


Gerdien Verschoor, Director
Maartje Beekman, Project Manager
Brenda Eijkenaar-Schooneveld, Project Manager
Tom van der Molen, Webmaster

Board of CODART

Greetje van den Bergh (chair), former vice-president of the board of the University of Amsterdam,  Amsterdam
Rudi Ekkart (advisor to the board), director of the RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History), The  Hague
Emilie Gordenker, director of the Mauritshuis, The Hague
Sari van Heemskerck Pillis-Duvekot, former member of parliament for the VVD (Dutch Liberal  Party), The Hague
Jan Hoekema, mayor of the city of Wassenaar
Anthony Ruys, chairman of the supervisory board of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Manfred Sellink, director of the Musea Brugge, Bruges
Arnout Weeda, former director of the Zuiderzeemuseum, Enkhuizen

Board of the Friends of CODART Foundation

Hildelies Balk (chair), head of European projects at the National Library of the Netherlands, The Hague
Greetje van den Bergh, former vice-president of the board of the University of Amsterdam,  Amsterdam
Norbert Middelkoop, curator, Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam
Wim Weijland, director of the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden

Advisory committee to the Friends of CODART Foundation

Hedy d'Ancona, former Minister of Culture of the Netherlands
Mària van Berge-Gerbaud, former director of the Fondation Custodia (Frits Lugt Collection), Paris
Jozef Deleu, writer, and founder and former chief editor of the Flemish-Netherlands association
Ons Erfdeel
Jeltje van Nieuwenhoven, former chair of the Dutch parliament
Henk W. van Os, director emeritus of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam 
Simon Schama, historian, writer
Jan G. F. Veldhuis, former president of the University of Utrecht, Utrecht

Program Committee

An Van Camp, Curator of Dutch and Flemish Drawings and Prints, British Museum, London
Eric Domela Nieuwenhuis, Curator, Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (RCE) , Amsterdam
Nico van Hout, Curator, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen (KMSKA), Antwerp
Suzanne Laemers, Curator, RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History), The Hague
Huigen Leeflang, Curator of Prints, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Uta Neidhardt, Curator of Dutch and Flemish Paintings, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden
Sabine van Sprang, Curator, Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België, Brussels
Adriaan Waiboer (chair), Curator of Northern European Art, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

Website Committee

Piotr Borusowski, Assistant Curator, National Museum, Warsaw, Poland
Lars Hendrikman, Curator, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
Roman Koot, Head of Public Services and Chief Curator of the Library and Foreign Art, RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History), The Hague
Greta Koppel, Curator of Dutch and Flemish Paintings, Kadriorg Art Museum, Art Museum of  Estonia, Tallinn
Gero Seelig (chair), Curator, Staatliches Museum Schwerin, Schwerin
Priscilla Valkeneers, Scientific Associate, Center for Flemish Art of the 16th and 17th Century, Antwerp
Amy Walsh, Curator of European Paintings and Sculpture, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles