Maida and George Abrams Collection, Boston © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Gallery Text

Trained in the arts of printmaking and calligraphy, Goudt wielded his pen with utmost confidence and discipline. German painter and art writer Joachim von Sandrart, who knew Goudt personally, described him as a precocious child who “fueled by his innate love for art . . . brilliantly mastered the art of drawing, surpassing everyone else in his hometown of Utrecht.” Goudt was still a teenager when he made this ambitious study. His intricate pen work, applied with almost methodical rigor, transformed the female nude into a virtuoso performance of his skill as a draftsman in the tradition of Hendrick Goltzius and Jacques de Gheyn II, whose works are also displayed in this room. The bold contrasts between the areas of heavy cross-hatching and the unworked parts of the paper are especially striking, as is Goudt’s depiction of the loose fabric, which partially envelops the nude.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
Hendrick Goudt, Dutch (The Hague or Utrecht, Netherlands c. 1583 - 1648 Utrecht, Netherlands)
Standing Female Nude
Work Type
c. 1600
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink over black chalk on cream antique laid paper
38.3 x 23.4 cm (15 1/16 x 9 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: lower left, brown ink, pen: gout
  • inscription: verso, lower right, brown ink, pen: No.../a3
[Christie's (New York), London, 7 April 1981, lot 122]. [Somerville & Simpson, Ltd., London], sold; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston, 1981.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Maida and George Abrams Collection, Boston, Massachusetts
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

William W. Robinson, Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings: A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exh. cat., H. O. Zimman, Inc. (Lynn, MA, 1991), cat. no. 5, pp. 28-29, repr.

Marijn Schapelhouman and Peter Schatborn, Dutch Drawings of the Seventeenth Century in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: Artists born between 1580 and 1600, Rijksmuseum and Merrel Holberton (Amsterdam and London, 1998), under cat. no. 123, pp. 72-73

William W. Robinson and Susan Anderson, Drawings from the Age of Bruegel, Rubens, and Rembrandt: Highlights from the Collection of the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2016), p. 158, under cat. no. 44, repr. fig. 1

Exhibition History

Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings: A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 02/23/1991 - 04/18/1991; Albertina Gallery, Vienna, 05/16/1991 - 06/30/1991; Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 01/22/1992 - 04/22/1992; Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/10/1992 - 12/06/1992

Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/22/2003 - 07/06/2003

32Q: 2300 Dutch & Flemish, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/08/2017 - 01/17/2018

The Art of Drawing in the Early Dutch Golden Age, 1590–1630: Selected Works from the Abrams Collection, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/09/2017 - 01/14/2018

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