Ferdinand Bol: the house, the collection, the artist

00:07:34 885 Museum Van Loon
Art historian Erna Kok tells about the painter Ferdinand Bol. What did he collect and how could he afford a life in an Amsterdam canal house?


After his apprenticeship in Rembrandt’s atelier, Bol became one of the most famous and important painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Both the quality of his work as his family ties and network skills contributed to this success and wealth. Art historian Erna Kok tells about the career and network of Bol in this film.

As part of his second marriage, Bol made an inventory of many artworks in his possession. For the first time an overview of Bol’s collection can be seen in Bol’s former home. In the coach house, c. 25 works from this collection will be on view this fall. The collection is remarkably varied; both history paintings, portraits, landscapes and still life paintings were collected by Bol. This fall, the works will be brought home, to the place they once hung.

The exhibition is on view between 6 October 2017 and 8 January 2018.

Video credits

With thanks to Erna Kok
Camera en montage: My Molls Eye

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