Author: Peter Schatborn
Design: Marie-Cécile Noordzij
Size: 184 pages with over 200 color illustrations
Format: 21 x 30 cm, hardcover
ISBN: 978 90 777 67 467
Publication: 31 January 2014, De Weideblik
Thousands of drawings by sixteenth- and seventeenth-century artists from the northern and southern Netherlands have survived. Some artists left a great many, others very few. Countless drawings have been attributed to Rembrandt over the centuries – but did Rembrandt really make them all himself? Were some of them drawn by Rembrandt’s pupils?
Peter Schatborn, former Keeper of the Print room at the Rijksmuseum and an expert on Rembrandt’s drawings, has been investigating these questions for years. Old Drawings, New Names is a fascinating account of the different ways of identifying the makers of drawings he has developed in the course of his long career as a specialist in the field. He demonstrates, for instance, that drawings which have been credited to rembrandt, sometimes for centuries, were in fact one by a pupil such as Willem Drost or Arent de Gelder – and conversely that drawings which were not attributed to Rembrandt really were the master’s work.