Visual artist, author (1925 - 2007)
Wolkers compiled the 2000 Teylers Diary with the help of Fred Pelt of Teylers Library. Of Michelangelo's ‘Studies
of arms and hands', Wolkers comments, ‘I must sincerely confess that it's Michelangelo's
drawings I rate the highest, particularly the preliminary studies for the great
work. Once the whole ceiling has been filled with paintings, the view of the
sky somehow gets obscured by too much athletic human flesh.'
Among many other subjects, Wolkers chose a death's head moth, a tulip tree he had in his garden, and, of course Gezicht op de hollandse vloot voor de rede van Texel by Willem van de Velde the Younger. In the picture of a mermaid from Louis Renard's book of fish, he saw a resemblance with the popular Dutch singer Maria Servaes, better known as the Zangeres zonder Naam. The diary has since become a collector's item.