Jonas Suyderhoef

1613 - 1686
Origin: Netherlands
Born: 1613, Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: 1686, Haarlem, Netherlands

Jonas Suyderhoef was an eminent seventeenth century Dutch engraver. Considering his renown, it is surprising how little is known about his life. Spending the entirety of his career in Haarlem, he produced 138 engravings. The earliest is dated 1641 while the last is marked 1669. It is assumed that he studied and apprenticed under painter and engraver Pieter Soutman, as the two artists collaborated often. While most of Suyderhoef's oeuvre consists of portraits based on the Dutch masters, Rubens, Hals, Van Dyke, and others, he also produced some mythological scenes. He utilized a refined and delicate engraving technique, which allowed him to achieve varied gradations of half-tones in his work. In 1677, he entered the Haarlem Guild and served as the organization's dean in 1678.

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Satyr Family Playing with Leopards
n.d., Engraving on Ivory Laid Paper
Jonas Suyderhoef
Netherlands, 1613 - 1686