The men at Emmaus

The men at Emmaus 1937

Han van Meegeren

Room 05

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Sarah Model asked:
I read somewhere that Han van Meegeren signed this work with "I.V.M." is this true and if so where is it located?
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen responded:
Hi Sarah, this work has indeed been signed (barely visible) in the left upper corner with IVmeer. Best, Friso Lammertse
Andrew asked:
To whom is the Christ at Emmaus by van Meegeren on loan? When will it return to the Boijmans?
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen responded:
Dear Andrew, the work is on loan to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. It will return to Boijmans in April and will be on show again from 10 June, as part of the new collection presentation by Carel Blotkamp. Best, Rianne
Cristina asked:
Hello, I'd like to know the technique and dimensions of Christ at Emmaus by Han van Meegeren. Thank you very much.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen responded:
Dear Cristina, The painting is made with oil on canvas. As you may know, this painting is a famous falsification in Dutch art history. Van Meegeren used a canvas from the seventeenth century to make the painting a more convincing Vermeer. The dimensions of the painting are 118 x 130.5 cm. You can also find the dimensions under the tab ‘show all details’. Kind regards, Nina
Stephen Anthony asked:
Are the van Meegeren paintings on display now (Dec 2018 - Jan 2019)? Planning a trip to Amsterdam and trying to see if a day trip to Rotterdam is in order. Many Thanks!
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen responded:
Dear Stephen, This artwork will be on display until January 27, 2019 in the exhibition 'Boijmans in the war'. We hope you will visit us and the lovely city of Rotterdam during your trip! kind regards, Sophie
Örjan Abrahamsson asked:
Hi! For many years I wanted to see van Meegerens famous Emmaus paiting, but I live in Sweden. However I might go to Nederlands next week, so my question: is Han van Heegerens Vermeer fake at display next week? Sincerely Örjan Abrahamsson
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen responded:
Dear Örjan, Han van Meegerens ‘De Emmaüsgangers’ is currently (December 2018) on display in our exhibition ‘Boijmans in the War’. You can see it here until 27 january 2019. We hope you will visit our museum during your trip to the Netherlands. Kind regards, Esther
Peter Sloan asked:
Will Van Meegeren's Emmaus fake Vermeer be on display Sept/October 2019?
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen responded:
Dear Peter, no, we don’t have plans to display it at that time. Best, Xin

About this artwork

'Christ at Emmaus' is the most famous falsification in Dutch art history. In 1937 the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen purchased this painting as an extraordinary Vermeer, right under the nose of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Only after the Second World War, following a confession by the master forger Han van Meegeren, was the 'Vermeer' unmasked as a clever fake.

About the creator

Han van Meegeren

Deventer 1889 - Amsterdam 1947


Object details

material and technique: oil on canvas
kind of object: painting
creditline: Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1939
inventory number: St 1