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Bol, Ferdinand
Holy Family in an Interior
1643

Ferdinand Bol is known primarily as one of the more successful artists to have worked in Rembrandt’s studio. Born the son of a surgeon in Dordrecht, Bol likely first studied with Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp, father of Aelbert Cuyp. He entered Rembrandt’s studio shortly after 1635, and remained stylistically dependent on the master until 1650. Bol married quite well and received a large number of important commissions in Amsterdam. Following a second marriage in 1669, he gave up painting entirely. Between 1642-1651, Bol made 16 known etchings. These are based quite closely on Rembrandt’s etchings of the 1630s and 40s. Holy Family in an Interior is set in a contemporary Dutch room. It is an expressive work that focuses on a tender, private moment. Mary breastfeeds the Christ child, while Joseph leans over her with a cloth, ready to assist her.

 
Bol, Ferdinand
Dordrecht, Netherlands 1616–Amsterdam, Netherlands 1680
Holy Family in an Interior
1643
Etching on paper
height / width: 18.50 x 21.50 cm; 7.28 x 8.46 in.
Purchase, George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, 1991
34-009

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