ATTRIBUTED TO Pieter Withoos (Dutch, 1654-1693), Pink Spiked Nut
ATTRIBUTED TO Pieter Withoos (Dutch, 1654-1693)
Pink Spiked Nut
Graphite and colored pencil on paper
Paper size: 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 in
Framed size: 6 3/4 x 7 1/2 in.
Pieter Withoos was a noted natural history painter in late-seventeenth century Amsterdam. He excelled at painting birds, insects, and flowers in the challenging medium of watercolor. Withoos’ meticulous draftsmanship is evident in his ability to render three-dimensional texture.
Withoos was the second son of Matthias Withoos, a prominent Dutch artist who specialized in painting city views, landscapes, portraits, and still-lifes, as well as plants and insects. Matthias spent two years in Rome, during which he won wide renown for his natural history works and worked frequently for the illustrious Cardinal de Medici. It was he who trained Pieter in the field of painting, imparting his style of exacting realism to his talented, but short-lived, son.
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