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The Dramatic Image: Baroque Prints of the 17th Century

Johannes Lutma the Younger
Dutch, 1624–1685

Portrait of Johannes Lutma the Elder

Engraving, 1656
Winthrop H. Perry Fund, 1913.94

Johannes Lutma the Elder (about 1584–1669) was a highly regarded Dutch silversmith active in Amsterdam. He was a friend of Rembrandt, who also etched his portrait. Lutma is shown here in a portrait by his son sitting at his workbench, design drawings laid out before him. In one hand he holds a smithing tool (perhaps a scraper or burnisher); in the other are his spectacles. While the Baroque monumentality of this portrait is evident, it lacks the full effects of chiaroscuro.