2. Horst Gerson's Text on Denmark
Dispersal and After-Effect of Dutch Painting of the 17th Century : Denmark
A Translated, Illustrated and Annotated Chapter from Horst Gerson’s Ausbreitung und Nachwirkung der holländischen Malerei des 17. Jahrhunderts (1942/1983), p. 453-474.
Editor: Rieke van Leeuwen
NOTE TO THE READER
To illustrate and annotate Gerson’s chapter on Denmark we started with an analysis of all the artists, art dealers and collectors – 116 in all – mentioned by him, entering or supplementing information on them in RKDartists. By doing literature research as well as data research into RKDartists, we now have almost 200 artists, art dealers and collectors in our database of people who are part of the Danish project (click here). This number could grow in the future.
The second route we took was to find all the art works mentioned in Gerson’s publication (c. 250), as well as art works that are not mentioned but that meet Gerson’s research criteria. The number of art works currently described in the database RKDimages, including paintings, drawings and prints, is over 2.000 (click here).
The information in the databases therefore forms the foundation for the annotated and illustrated Gerson online. The illustrations and facts concerning works of art are directly retrieved from RKDimages and shown in the digital publication and are linked to records concerning artists and collectors in the database RKDartists. In addition, the information in the databases functions as an extension of the documentary apparatus of the publication.
Two kinds of notes are found in the translated Gerson text: notes by Gerson himself as they occur in the German text of 1942/1983, which are flagged by [Gerson 1942/1983], and ones preceded by [Van Leeuwen 2015]. The literature for both kinds of notes is standardized and abbreviated. All the abbreviations, including the ones to supplementary articles, may be found in the bibliography, which has been compiled by Sander Erkens. It will presumably prove possible to append even more articles to this chapter in the future. After all, the great advantage of a digital publication is that it can always be altered and amplified. Every emendation will be included in the colophon along with its date.
This digital publication does not feature page numbers. To quote from this publication, we suggest references to its section numbers.
Rieke van Leeuwen
The Hague, May 6th, 2015