The Discovery of a Tear

December 1 to April 3, 2022

The Discovery of a Tear

‘The restoration of two paintings by Adriaen van de Velde’

Adriaen van de Velde’s passion series was produced in 1664 for the hidden attic church Het Hart, now part of the Our Lord in the Attic Museum. In the following centuries, the five paintings moved several times. In 2014 they return to the place they were originally made for. The Passion series is of great value to the museum, as it belongs to the oldest inventory of the seventeenth-century attic church. After almost three hundred years of use, cold and heat, the smoke of incense and candles, damage, cleaning actions, restorations and overpainting, the paintings are in a bad condition. Careful restoration and new research are needed to preserve it and gain insight into its original quality. In the spring of 2020, Jesus is being prepared for his scourging and Jesus is lamented and transferred to the studio of restorer Kathrin Kirsch. The restoration was completed more than a year later. The result is clearly visible in this temporary presentation.

This restoration was realized thanks to the Rembrandt Association (partly thanks to its Friends Lottery Restoration Fund), the Municipality of Amsterdam, the Bonhomme Tielens Foundation and the Friends of the Our Lord in the Attic Museum. The restored works can be reported in the gallery in the attic church of the museum. Admission is of course free for members of the Rembrandt Friends and the Friends of the Our Lord in the Attic Museum, go to our ticket shop for other ticket prices.

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