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Portrait of Theodore Blevet, Calligrapher

Artist:
Samuel van Hoogstraten (Dutch, Dordrecht 1627–1678 Dordrecht)
Publisher:
Published by Salomon Savery (Dutch, 1594–1678)
Date:
1640–78
Medium:
Engraving from two plates
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1965
Accession Number:
65.605.3
Not on view
The art of calligraphy flourished in Holland during the first half of the seventeenth century. Theodore Blevet (1598-1661) was a calligrapher and French schoolmaster who established a French boarding school in a town near Haarlem. The elaborate calligraphic border that surrounds this print was no doubt based on a design by Blevet.
One puzzling aspect of this print are the two inscriptions: S van Hoogstraaten fecit ("made by S. van Hoogstraaten"), which suggests that the Dutch painter Samuel van Hoogstraten made either the print or the original portrait from which the print was created; and Aet 29, which indicates that the sitter's age is twenty-nine. Hoogstraten was born the year that Blevet turned twenty-nine; thus the inscriptions do not make sense together and may have resulted from a misunderstanding on the part of the print's engraver.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," September 17, 2007–January 6, 2008.

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