The Obscure D. Witting and the Art of Painting in Amsterdam of the 1630s

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This article discusses the little known 17th-century Dutch painter D. Witting, who is only known by his initial and whose small oeuvre includes only six paintings. It revolves around his painting depicting A boy drawing in a painter's studio (oil on panel, 39x50 cm, with the art dealer F. Stöcklin, Basel, 1942). The article clearly demonstrates that every detail in this painting betrays a similarity with paintings by Pieter Codde and painters of his circle. The analysis of this painting yields a dating to c. 1630-1635 and clearly shows that Witting was associated with what is defined here as “The Codde Group”, active in Amsterdam during the second quarter of the 17th century. This article thus sheds more light on this group and its iconography, places Witting in Amsterdam and reaffirms his little known oeuvre.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)51-73
Number of pages23
JournalCanadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies (CJNS)
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015


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