Willem Drost (Biographical details)

Willem Drost (printmaker; painter/draughtsman; Dutch; Male; 1633 - 1659)

Also known as

Drost, Willem


Painter and etcher; pupil of Rembrandt around 1650. Born in Amsterdam and died in Venice. His works are often extremely Rembrandtesque, including his earliest dated work, an etched Self-Portrait. He went to Italy in around 1655, and after a period in Rome he settled in Venice where he worked with Johann Carl Loth. A corpus of drawings is attached to his name (several of them are in the British Museum), although their attribution is not entirely secure.


Saur 29, pp.497-498. Jonathan Bikker, 'Willem Drost. A Rembrandt Pupil in Amsterdam and Venice', 2006.