In Spring 2018, Anke A. Van Wagenberg-Ter Hoeven, Ph.D. published her two-volume tome entitled “Jan Baptist Weenix and Jan Weenix: The Paintings”. It is the result of many years of scholarly art-historical research on the works of the Dutch, seventeenth-century painters Jan Baptist Weenix (1621–1659)—a contemporary of Rembrandt and Vermeer—and his son Jan Weenix (1641– 1719).
“Jan Baptist Weenix and Jan Weenix: The Paintings”
Jan Baptist Weenix and Jan Weenix were two important Dutch masters who painted Italianate landscapes, portraits and still lifes. They are represented in most principal museums with Dutch collections. The publication fills a lacuna in the art history of the Golden Age and provides a broader base for the appreciation of Dutch art. From the beginning it has been the purpose to study and publish the art of father Weenix and son Weenix because the authorship of their paintings has been frequently confused, especially paintings of the 1660s, when Weenix II had just “graduated” from his father’s studio.
With the similar subject matter and style, their paintings have puzzled many writers and art historians. After his father-teacher’s death, the son gradually transferred his style in line with a newer more “courtly” taste of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century, culminating in a commission to decorate the castle Bensberg near Dusseldorf for a German Prince. This transformation can now be clearly illustrated in Anke’s books, in which hundreds of artworks have been documented.
The 850-page monograph contains new, unpublished archival material on these important painters and a catalogue of c. 500 entries. The dual volume set is presented in a cassette and published by the renowned publishing house Waanders, in The Netherlands, with world-wide distribution in New York.