Synopses & Reviews
An extraordinary history of Netherlandish drawing, focused on the training and skill of artists during the long 17th century
With a lively narrative thread and thematic chapters, this book offers an exceptional introduction to Dutch and Flemish drawing during the long 17th century. Victoria Sancho Lobis discusses the many roles of drawing in artistic training, its function in the production of works in other media, and its emergence as a medium in its own right. Beautifully illustrated with some 120 drawings by artists including Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Paul Rubens, Hendrick Goltzius, Gerrit von Honthorst, and Jacob De Gheyn, this book surveys current methodologies of studying these works and features short biographies on the artists, a brief history of Dutch papermaking and watermarks, and a glossary. Paying careful attention to materials and techniques, and informed by recent conservation treatments, Lobis explains how to look at these drawings as records of experimentation and skill, true windows into the artist's mind.
This singular and dynamic narrative account of the history of Dutch and Flemish drawing provides is both accessible and exhaustive in scope.