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ALMA art meets artefacts

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.
Images and objects are also linked in the new collection website.

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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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Prints on the wall – images as artefacts

author dr. Peter van der Coelen

ALMA links images to artefacts. Most of these images are prints, about two thousand woodcuts, engravings and etchings, the majority of them made in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Most of the prints come from the Netherlands, but Italian, German and French examples are also included.

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