Portraying old masters
Photographing paintings requires a particular kind of expertise. Even the most beautiful works of art have cracks and imperfections. By using the right lighting, the unique structure of a painting or an object is portrayed at its best, without bothersome reflections. Colour balance and contrast are also always measured to achieve the highest professional standards.
Nicolaes Pietersz. Berchem, The Infancy of Zeus, (1648) oil on canvas, (detail) Mauritshuis, The Hague.
I feel privileged to experience paintings considered amongst the most admired and valuable of Dutch cultural heritage up close and personal. People of bygone eras come to life before your eyes and the stories and scenes portrayed on the canvases and panels stir the imagination.
Rogier van der Weyden, The Lamentation of Christ, oil on paneel (1460-1464?) 80 x 130 cm, Mauritshuis, The Hague.
Landscape with Fighting Horses and Birds from the school of Roelant Savery (seventeenth century) oil on canvas, 95 x 124 cm, Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands.
Cornelis Massijs, (Antwerp 1510-1556/57) Landscape with the Road to Calvary, oil on panel, 21.5 x 38.1 cm, Kunsthandel P. de Boer, Amsterdam.
Francois Cachoud (1866-1943) Farmhouse in St Alban de Montbel by Moonlight, 21,8 x 26,8 cm, oil on panel, Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands.