The exhibition includes engravings, etchings, woodcuts, and lithographs compiled by Henrietta Louisa Koenen (1830-1881) that have not been exhibited since 1901. Henrietta was a wife of the first director of the print room at Rijksmuseum, Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam, Netherland. The Rijksmuseum, which in English means – The State Museum, exists for more than two hundred years and today belongs to the most breathtaking museums in the world.
|The print by
Marie de Medici
One of the earliest works in the collection is a bust of a young woman from 1587 that is attributed to Marie de Medici. Marie was the daughter of the Grand Duke of Tuscany and she created this woodcut in her native Italy thirteen years before her marriage to Henri IV of France. If the inscription, which reads "Marie de Medici made this," is true, this is the oldest existing print by a patrician woman.
|Engraving by Queen Victoria
|A portrait of Napoleon's mother
|A print by Marquise de Pompadour
The exhibition features only a bit of Koenen’s collection , which numbers over 500 prints of which only a little over 80 are shown in the exhibition. The works are on view through May 27th, 2016. The library is open every day from 10 AM to 6 PM except Sunday when it works from 1 PM to 5 PM and it is free!
|Print by Princess Elizabeth, the third daughter of King George III of England
|Print by Charlotte Bonaparte, the niece of Emperor Napoleon I