2023 is the 200th anniversary year of Paul Tetar van Elven's birth. This special year is being celebrated with a range of events in the museum: the exhibitions "Family Portraits" (finished), "The Naked Ideal" and "The False Vermeer" (finished). There are also concerts, lectures (finished) and classes in the museum. An exhibition of historical costumes will round off the year.
Art History student Jessie Windahl Fransen has written her Masters dissertation about the copies that Tetar van Elven made of Raphael's "Sistine Madonna". Read more HERE.
New - a combi-ticket to visit both museums Paul Tetar van Elven and Lambert van Meerten for a reduced price.
In the centre of Delft, on the Koornmarkt, stands the house of Paul Tetar van Elven (1823-1896). He was an artist, a drawing-master at the Polytechnic School (now the Technical University of Delft) and also a fervent collector of art, antiques, Delft blue pottery and porcelain from the Far East. In his will he left his house and its contents to be turned into a museum. The result is the only well-preserved, authentic example of a 19th century artist’s house in the Netherlands. The interior of the house breathes the presence of the former owner and the era in which he lived. Visitors feel like the artist and his wife are personally welcoming them into their lavishly-furnished drawing room!
In addition to the permanent collection, the Paul Tetar van Elven Museum regularly organises exhibitions and other activities.
until 26th November 2023
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Paul Tétar van Elven’ birth, the museum has organised a unique exhibition of his academy drawings of live models. The exhibition has been curated by guest conservator Nina Reid (1998). Nina Reid specialised in drawing education during her History of Art studies, and she is also the author of the publication accompanying the exhibition.
Paul studied at the Academies in Amsterdam and The Hague and made many drawings during this period of naked (male) models. According to John Sillevis, art historian and chief conservator of the Kunstmuseum in The Hague, the drawing are of exceptionally good quality.
Paul Tétar van Elven’s drawings give us a window to look back at art education and its ideals in the mid-19th century. The basics of an academic art education lay in the study of proportion and anatomy. The accent was on achieving a perfection of beauty and form, as exemplified by the classical models from ancient Rome and Greece. Students began by drawing from plaster copies of famous sculptures, and then moved onto drawing live models. The exhibition also includes some of Paul’s many drawings of plaster models.