Antique Print-PORTRAIT-GERARD-DOU-BARTHOLOMEUS-VAN-DER-HELST-Houbraken-1719

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Portrait of Gerard Dou and Bartholomeus van der Helst.

Gerrit Dou (1613-1675), also known as Gerard Douw or Dow, was a Dutch Golden Age painter, whose small, highly polished paintings are typical of the Leiden ‘fijnschilders.’ He specialised in genre scenes and is noted for his trompe-l’?il “niche” paintings and candlelit night-scenes with strong chiaroscuro. He was a student of Rembrandt.

Bartholomeus van der Helst (1613-1670) was a Dutch painter. Considered to be one of the leading portrait painters of the Dutch Golden Age, his elegant portraits gained him the patronage of Amsterdam’s elite as well as the Stadtholder’s circle. Besides portraits, van der Helst painted a few genre pictures as well as some biblical scenes and mythological subjects.

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Portrait of Gerard Dou and Bartholomeus van der Helst.

Gerrit Dou (1613-1675), also known as Gerard Douw or Dow, was a Dutch Golden Age painter, whose small, highly polished paintings are typical of the Leiden ‘fijnschilders.’ He specialised in genre scenes and is noted for his trompe-l’?il “niche” paintings and candlelit night-scenes with strong chiaroscuro. He was a student of Rembrandt.

Bartholomeus van der Helst (1613-1670) was a Dutch painter. Considered to be one of the leading portrait painters of the Dutch Golden Age, his elegant portraits gained him the patronage of Amsterdam’s elite as well as the Stadtholder’s circle. Besides portraits, van der Helst painted a few genre pictures as well as some biblical scenes and mythological subjects.

Made by after an anonymous artist.

Medium: Engraving on hand laid (verge) paper.

Sheet size: 13.4 x 18.3 cm (5.28 x 7.2 inch). Image size: 13.3 x 18.2 cm. (5.24 x 7.17 inch).

Condition: good, given age. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.

PORTRAIT-GERARD-DOU-BARTHOLOMEUS-VAN-DER-HELST | PCO-C45-43

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Great Theatre of Dutch Painters and Paintresses, or De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen, as it was originally known in Dutch, is a series of artist biographies with engraved portraits written by the 18th-century painter Arnold Houbraken. It was published in three volumes as a sequel to Karel van Mander’s own list of biographies known as the Schilder-boeck. The first volume appeared in 1718, and was followed by the second volume in 1719, the year Houbraken died. The third and last volume was published posthumously by Houbraken’s wife and children in 1721. This work is considered to be a very important source of information on 17th-century artists of the Netherlands. The Schouburg is listed as one of the thousand most important works in the Canon of Dutch Literature [nl] from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Biography engraver: Arnold Houbraken (1660-1719) was a Dutch painter and writer from Dordrecht, now remembered mainly as a biographer of Dutch Golden Age painters.

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Dimensions 18 × 13 × 1 cm

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