Arent van Bolten (c. 1573–c. 1625)

A Dutch silversmith, sculptor, engraver, and draughtsman, little is known about van Bolten who was born in Zwolle. He had a thoroughly individual style of drawing, as well as an amazing sureness of hand and a facility surprising in one who would appear to have been a silversmith by profession and to whom contemporary references are so scanty. The most striking thing about Bolten is his peculiar, even abnormal, imagination in the invention of monstrosities, horrors composed rather on the principle of the game of 'heads, bodies and legs' of every variety of animal and human being. His subjects also included biblical and mythological scenes, and also everyday peasant life. A number of bronze creatures have been attributed to Bolten based on the similarities found in his drawings of grotesque figures.









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