Ms A.J. (Anne) van Egmond MA
Faculty of Humanities
1012 XT Amsterdam
Anne-Maria van Egmond (1985) finished a bachelor's degree at the University of Amsterdam in 2008, focusing on the meaning of late medieval religious art. She took masterclasses at the same university further specializing on pieces of art as part of every day devotion but also on art used in a more worldly manner. Research on medieval account books resulted in 2010 in the cum laude thesis entitled Het patronaat van Albrecht van Beieren: ambachtslieden èn kooplieden aan het Haagse hof 1389-1404. From the moment Albert of Bavaria came to power as count of Holland, Zealand and Hainaut in 1358, he traveled his domains and continuously moved his court around with Le Quesnoy, Valenciennes and The Hague as his favorite residences. To strengthen his international position, he set up a princely entourage, which in his later years focused on the Binnenhof as the court became residential from 1389 on. Of this entourage almost no artifact survives. Written evidence of the existence and use of these artifacts can be found in the mentioned account books, which are archived in The Hague. This thesis has been awarded with the Die Haghe scriptieprijs 2012.
In September 2011 Anne-Maria started working on a PhD thesis at the UvA that will shed new light on the artistic climate of the Low Countries, on artisans, artists and merchants traveling around, producing and selling luxuries: Opgetekend. Betalingen voor luxe objecen aan het Haagse hof (1345-1425). Over the years, research into the accounts books written for the counts of Holland, Zeeland and Hainaut from the Bavarian dynasty has been limited. Some information from the recorded payments has been used to embellish studies on Dutch court literature and book illumination. Some matching payments made for more detailed studies on The Hague tomb sculpture, tournaments and dining. In one instance the account books were recommended as an interesting source for those interested in the artistic climate of Holland and Zealand in the second half of the fourteenth and the beginnings of the fifteenth century (Dick de Boer, 1994). The account books were never used accordingly. My dissertation will fill this gap and will take different approaches researching every aspect of these series of account books whereas luxury objects are concerned. Part one informs on the few surviving objects and how they were used by the counts in a political iconography. Part two gives insight in the preferences of the counts and the consumption of luxury objects as a whole by means of a quantitative analysis. Part three then focuses on the artisans responsible for the production of luxury objects, the merchants who provided objects from elsewhere and the brokers responsible for communicating between them and their courtly patrons. Part four discusses the material form of the account books, how they developed over eighty years and in what context they were used. Researching the account books using iconographic, quantitative, social-economic and archeological approaches will broaden the meaning of patronage with the Hague court as case study.
For a full curriculum vitae see my acadia.edu profile.
- van Egmond, A. J., & Wallert, A. (2016). Two painters, two centuries, one mural: technical research on the layered crucifixion mural in the Utrecht burial chapel of Guy of Avesnes. In Painting techniques. History, materials and studio practice: 5th international symposium Rijksmuseum 18-20 September 2013 (pp. 17-21). Amsterdam.
- Egmond, A. M. J. (2014). Art and archives, Clerics and counts: New insights on the Crucifixion mural in the Utrecht burial chapel of Guy of Avesnes. In A. J. van Egmond, & C. Chavannes-Mazel (Eds.), Medieval art in the Northern Netherlands before Van Eyck: New facts and features (pp. 58-73). Utrecht: Clavis. [details]
- Egmond, A. M. J. (2014). Dirc die maelre en Jan van Eyck: een ambachtsman en een kunstenaar in Den Haag. Jaarboek - Geschiedkundige Vereniging Die Haghe, 2014, 11-28. [details]
- van Egmond, A. M. (2012). Utrecht en Holland. In S. Kemperdick, & F. Lammertse (Eds.), De weg naar Van Eyck (pp. 29-33). Rotterdam: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. [details]