In 2017-2018, the first exhibition ever devoted to the oeuvre of Gerard de Lairesse ‒ in his own time one of the most celebrated Netherlandish artists ‒ was held in the Rijksmuseum Twenthe. It was appropriately called: Eindelijk! De Lairesse (Finally! De Lairesse). At the close of the exhibition, a two-day symposium took place at the Rijksmuseum Twenthe in Enschede and the RKD-Netherlands Institute for Art History in The Hague, in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam. The symposium formed the starting point for this special issue of JHNA. The issue presents new insights into Gerard de Lairesse’s artistic development, subject matter, workshop practice, and technique.
This special issue has been guest edited by Jasper Hillegers, Research Curator, Salomon Lilian Gallery, Amsterdam; Elmer Kolfin, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Amsterdam; Marrigje Rikken, Head of Collections, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem; Eric Jan Sluijter, Emeritus Professor of Art History, University of Amsterdam.