Adriaen van Ostade

As one of the most important painter-etchers of the Dutch Golden Age, Adriaen van Ostade’s print oeuvre has been catalogued a number of times during the past two centuries, most thoroughly by Louis Godefroy in 1930. This monograph, now almost a century old, is still much in use. It also formed the basis of Hollstein Dutch vol. 15 (1961), which describes Ostade’s oeuvre.

As the New Hollstein volumes on Rembrandt have shown, consulting more collections than ever before and minutely comparing digital photographs of an almost infinite number of impressions can result in a much more accurate description of the numerous states of the prints of a single printmaker. And since Ostade, like Rembrandt, is known for the many states of his etchings, this approach has also been chosen for the New Hollstein volumes on Adriaen van Ostade. All states will be illustrated, and the many copies after Ostade’s etchings will be listed more accurately as well.

Compiler: Jaco Rutgers, in cooperation with Paolo Giordani
Editor: Peter van der Coelen