Drs. J.M.P. Schaeps is Curator of Prints and Drawings at Leiden UniversityProfile page
Two years ago, I wrote a blog about women artists in the collection of the University Library. The focus was on recent acquisitions and living artists. This new episode can be considered a prequel and discusses women artists in the Leiden collections from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
The fifteenth of June 1875 was a pleasant and warm day. Some menacing clouds threatened to throw a spanner in the works, but luckily the rain never came. Fortunate for the crowds gathering in Leiden, as on this day, Leiden University celebrated its three hundredth anniversary.