Aert de Gelder

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Aert de Gelder - Self-Portrait
Ahimelech Giving the Sword of Goliath to David

Aert de Gelder (or Arent; October 26, 1645 – August 27, 1727) was a Dutch painter.[1]

Biography[edit]

De Gelder was born and died in Dordrecht. He was one of Rembrandt’s last pupils while in Amsterdam, studying in his studio from 1661 to 1663. He was not only one of the most talented of Rembrandt’s pupils, but also one of his most devoted followers, for he was the only Dutch artist to paint in the tradition of Rembrandt's late style into the 18th century. Following Rembrandts lead, De Gelder would paint such artworks as "The Baptism of Christ" and ".Ahimelech Giving the Sword of Goliath to David". Story telling and with transparent emotionalism, and an emphasizing the human element to biblical characters is one of the distinguishing elements of this style, as opposed to the courtly and distant emotions and imagery of other artists, even in the Renaissance period.

Style[edit]

Aert de Gelder, The Banquet of Ahasuerus

As author of biblical scenes and portraits of his style was inspired by Rembrandt's, using his artistic ideas, well into the eighteenth century, without being influenced by contemporary new fashions. From the artistic point of view his work can not be considered as passive imitation of the master, indeed they stands for inventiveness in the narrative, taste for the theatrical and a strong emotional charge of the characters. All theses traits made ithim one of the most important interpreters of Dutch painting of the late seventeenth century.

Works[edit]

  • Judah and Tamar, circa 1681 (Vienna, Gemäldegalerie of the Academy of Fine Arts)
  • King David, circa 1683 (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum , inv A 2695)
  • The Toilet of Esther, circa 1684 (Munich, Alte Pinakothek )
  • Portrait of Tsar Peter the Great (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum?)
  • Self Portrait as Zeuxis (Frankfurt am Main, Städel , inv. no. 1015))
  • Passion Series (circa 1715, 22 paintings, including ten in Aschaffenburg , Schloss Johannisberg , and two in Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum)
  • Portrait of Hermannus Boerhaave with his wife and daughter, circa 1724 (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, inv A 4034)
  • The marriage contract, circa 1670 (Brighton Art Gallery and Museum)


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References[edit]

  1. ^ The Getty Union Artist's Name List only mentions "Aert", but the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam uses "Arent".

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