Willem Drost

A Rembrandt Pupil in Amsterdam and Venice

Jonathan Bikker

View Inside Price: $95.00


February 28, 2006
224 pages, 9 3/4 x 11 1/4
150 b/w + 20 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300105810
Cloth

Willem Drost (1633–1659) was one of Rembrandt’s most gifted pupils, and he is also considered one of the most mysterious. This book, the first ever devoted to this exceptional artist, unravels many of the mysteries of Drost’s life and career. Curator and art historian Jonathan Bikker offers not only new archival evidence of the artist’s date and place of death, but also a new assessment of Drost’s place in the Rembrandt workshop and in the Venetian art world of the mid-seventeenth century. Drost emerges as one of Rembrandt’s most talented imitators and, despite his short career, an artist with a variety of faces.
The book features a meticulously researched and fully illustrated catalogue raisonné with 38 paintings now attributed to Drost (several formerly attributed to Rembrandt) and 35 other paintings today known only from old sale catalogues or reproductions. The author also discusses 32 paintings he rejects as Drost’s work.

Jonathan Bikker is a researcher at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and co-curator of the recent Sweerts exhibition shown in Amsterdam and Hartford, CT.

“Beautifully illustrated and cogently argued.”—Art Times

"Bikker's easy writing style and the 150-plus illustrations integrated into the text make this work accessible to general readers. Recommended."—Library Journal

 

“Bikker’s finely produced volume is unique in being the first book about this exceptional artist… [It is] invaluable…erudite…engrossing and meticulously researched…” - Byron Ireland, Day by Day

"[A] meticulous monograph...This well-illustrated book offers new knowledge and original scholarship that is fundamental to understanding both Drost and Rembrandt and, perhaps better, that grey area in between...Yale have done a handsome job of presenting material that has such rich implications for anyone interested in Rembrandt scholarship. In the process, Jonthan Bikker has at last given Drost, a neglected and significant painter, his own rightful place in art history."---Larry Silver, The Art Book