Rudolf E.O. Ekkart
Deaf, Dumb & Brilliant : Johan Thopas, Master Draughtsman
London (Holberton Publishers) 2014

This trilingual book accompanies the exhibition of 40 drawings by Thopas – about half of his oeuvre – at the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum in Aachen (13 March – 22 June 2014) and the Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam (11 July – 5 October 2014).

Until recently, the Dutch draughtsman Johannes Thopas  (1626-1690/95), who was born both deaf and dumb, was only known to a small group of connoisseurs, dealers and collectors. However, his remarkable, subtle and technically refined portrait drawings on parchment deserve a wider audience. This handsome publication, the first devoted to his work, will prove to be an eye opener for many art lovers.

ISBN 978-1-907372-67-4 |Dutch-English-German |paperback | 200 pp. | 26 cm | £30

For more information see the publisher’s website.