Gerbrand van den Eeckhout - Saint Lucas
Gerbrand van den Eeckhout
Oil on panel. 37 x 27 cm.
Signed and dated upper right: G. V. Eeckhout fe. Ao 1670.
Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, son of an Amsterdam goldsmith, was Rembrandt's favourite pupil and friend, as the art historiographer Arnold Houbraken reports. The fact that his works were sometimes mistaken for Rembrandt's can be taken as a proof of his great artistic ability. Looking at van den Eeckhout's œuvre, one notices his artistic versatility; he created mythological and religious history paintings as well as genre scenes and portraits. His patrons were mainly Amsterdam patricians, who used van den Eeckhout's works to decorate their private houses.
The present panel depicting St. Luke is part of a series of Evengelists by van den Eeckhout.
T. Ward collection, London (1919). - Auction Fred. Muller, Amsterdam, 29.3.1943. - Art dealer Goudstikker-Miedl, Amsterdam. - A. Kaminski collection, Bergen (from 21.4.1943). - Private collection, Rhineland.
Werner Sumowski: Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler, Landau 1983, vol. 2, p. 746, ill. no. 498.