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ALMA links these depictions of pre-industrial objects, dating from the late Middle Ages to the nineteenth century, in paintings and prints to examples of similar material objects. The ALMA database can be searched extensively for the relation between object and depiction. Research results are published in the ALMA showcases.
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A Syrian Apothecary Jar in The Three Marys at the Tomb by Jan van Eyck

author Alexandra Gaba-van Dongen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen holds the only painting in the Netherlands attributed to the late mediaeval artist Jan van Eyck (c. 1390-1441). The Three Marys at the Tomb is of particular interest to the ALMA Project – the museum’s collection website where research into artefacts in art is presented – because of an item pictured by Van Eyck which has never been studied in detail before. It is the blue and white apothecary’s jar that the Mary on the left holds in her hand.

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A Provencal 'poêlon' in the 'Still life with Potatoes' by Vincent van Gogh

author drs. Alexandra Gaba-van Dongen

One of the lesser-known paintings of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen collection is a small, simple still life. It shows a earthenware skillet filled with potatoes against a background of a carelessly draped greenish blue cloth. Research into the origin of the skillet combined with the results of recent technical research on the origin of the canvas makes it possible to shift the place of origin and the date of this painting to Paris 1886.

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