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Printed in Amsterdam. Amsterdam Printmakers and –publishers in the Golden Age

Project leader

Dr. E.E.P. (Elmer) Kolfin

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Kunstgeschiedenis

External partner(s)

Museum Het Rembrandthuis

What are the opportunities for valorisation in this project?

The project has resulted in a book and an exhibition on Amsterdam print publishing in the Golden Age, when the city became a European centre of printpublishing. It examined how professional publishers (the Danckerts dynasty), professional  printmakers (Salomon Savery) and artists (Rembrandt) organized their business and created a market for their products.  Book and exhibition appealed to a broad audience, to print scholars and to those interested in the history of publicizing. 

Why is this project relevant for the external partner(s)?

The Rembrandthouse aims to present Rembrandt’s life and work in its historical context. Rembrandt was an important actor on the Amsterdam print market, both as a producer and customer. He had a peculiar and immediately famous of way of producing prints and he was a very active collector of prints.

How did the collaboration come about?

The idea was presented to the curators, who enthusiastically adopted the project. The exhibition was co-curated by Jaap van der Veen on behalf of the Rembrandthuis and Elmer Kolfin (UvA, Amsterdam Center for the Study of the Golden Age). They also edited the book.

What are the results?

The exhibition was from 24 June -18 September 2011: Gedrukt tot Amsterdam. Amsterdamse prentmakers en uitgevers in de Gouden Eeuw.
The book was published in 2011: Elmer Kolfin and Jaap van der Veen (eds), Gedrukt tot Amsterdam. Amsterdamse prentmakers en uitgevers in de Gouden Eeuw, Amsterdam and Zwolle 2011.

Gedrukt tot Amsterdam