Hendrik Goudt

Netherlands, b.1585, d.1648

Adam Elsheimer

Germany, b.1578, d.1610 (After)

Tobias With The Angel Dragging The Fish - 1613

  • Engraving
  • Sir Joseph Kinsey Collection. Gifted by Lady Kinsey, 1936
  • 197 x 257mm
  • 74/116

Hendrik Goudt was a Dutch count, a painter and engraver who spent several years in Rome from 1604 as a student and patron of the influential German painter Adam Elsheimer. after Elsheimer’s untimely death in 1610, Goudt inherited some of his small paintings, including Tobias and the Angel. He made engravings based on these following his return to the Netherlands.

(Out of Time, 23 September 2023 – 28 April 2024)

Exhibition History

earlier labels about this work
  • From the Book of Tobit in the Old Testament Apocrypha, the story of Tobias was the subject of a painting by the German artist Adam Elsheimer (1578-1610). Hendrik Goudt was an amateur engraver who faithfully copied Elsheimer’s work in this engraving. In the 18th century illustrations of biblical stories were popular with the middle classes. Goudt is credited with being one of the first Dutch engravers to successfully approach the problem of translating the strong light and dark contrasts of the painting technique (chiaroscuro) into an engraving. He achieved his effects by delicately crossing and re-crossing his lines where shadows were required. Count Hendrik Goudt was born in The Hague. He studied in Rome where he became acquainted with Elsheimer, whose paintings strongly influenced him. From 1611 Goudt was based in Utrecht. He was enrolled in the artists’ guild as a nobleman and continued to work on what were known as his ‘night pieces’ after the originals by Elsheimer, which he owned.

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