Lead point with accents in black ink on vellum
Sheet: 22 x 18.7 cm (8 11/16 x 7 3/8 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 2019.13
The 17th-century Dutch artist Johannes Thopas was both deaf and mute.
The Dutch artist Johann Thopas made meticulous drawn portraits of merchants and intellectuals in the Dutch city of Assendelft. His drawn portraits—made faster and for less expense than painted portraits—appealed to middle-class patrons, as did his unique style combining naturalistic likenesses with elaborate background settings. Using a combination of leadpoint and ink, Thopas achieved remarkable tonal subtlety in this image of a well-dressed woman holding a flower in front of an ornate neoclassical garden.
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