Unidentified 2nd half 17th century painter
Circle of Samuel van Hoogstraten
(Dordrecht 1627 – 1678 Dordrecht)
A boy holding a lantern and an extinguished candle
Oil on canvas : 38,0 X 29,6 cm
Frame : 53,4 X 44,8 cm
Bernard Renkens from the RKD, The Hague has attributed this painting in the past to Samuel van Hoogstraten. This attribution has now been refuted by Ellis Dullaart, also from the RKD, The Hague.
Here you have an excellent example of how painting is a game of illusion, of representing a third dimension. This painting, which was formerly attributed to Samuel van Hoogstraten, has lost this attribution without another name being proposed for it.
Van Hoogstraten was an international artist, born in Holland in Dordrecht, who travelled and moved extensively through present-day Germany, Austria, Italy and England.