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Questions of Provenance—The Marriage Trap by Jan Victors, Part 2

This post is part of a series that that will highlight some of the interesting provenance cases in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Collection.  Last time we looked at The Marriage Trap’s provenance and attribution just before and since its acquisition by the Milwaukee Art Museum. That’s usually the easiest part. In this post, we’ll see […]

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Art Behind the Scenes Collection Curatorial European

Questions of Provenance—The Marriage Trap by Jan Victors, Part 1

Jan Victors (Dutch, 1619–after 1676) was probably a student of the famous Dutch Golden Age artist Rembrandt (Dutch, 1606–1669). Just like his contemporaries, Victors created works with various popular subjects, including religious scenes, portraits, and genre paintings. The Milwaukee Art Museum has a market scene in its collection which falls into this last category. The […]

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Art Collection Curatorial European

Questions of Provenance–An Introduction

One of the important areas of museum research is that of provenance, or the history of ownership. Why is it important to know who owned an artwork? Well, for a number of reasons.

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Questions of Provenance—Nazi-era Germany

This post is the second to introduce a series that that will highlight some of the interesting provenance cases in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Collection.  To fully understand how important provenance research is for museums, we will need to look more at the period of art looting that is most familiar to many: the Nazi […]