Romeyn de Hooghe

During his lifetime, Romeyn de Hooghe (Amsterdam 1645 – Haarlem 1708) was the most important graphic artist of his age.

De Hooghe produced illustrations and loose prints on all possible subjects, and he illustrated every conceivable genre of book. Among the devotional texts are Frans van Hoogstraten’s emblematic work, Voorhof der zielen and David de La Vigne’s ars moriendi, Miroir de la bonne mort, translated into Dutch as Spiegel om wel te sterven and into German as Sterben und erben. Among the lighter genres are the Contes et nouvelles en vers by Jean de La Fontaine.

Among the beautiful books of plates on diverse subjects on which De Hooghe collaborated are: 's Graavenhaag zegevierende and Komste van zyne majesteit Willem III by Govard Bidloo, Beschryving der nieuwlijks uitgevonden en geoctrojeerde slang-brand-spuiten by Jan van der Heyden, Klare onderrichtinge der voortreffelijcke worstel-konst by Niclaus Petter, and his own work, Les Indes Orientales et Occidentales. De Hooghe’s satirical side is best expressed in his Esopus in Europa.

Romeyn de Hooghe

3 July 2014