Deaf, Dumb & Brilliant
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Until recently, little was known about Johannes Thopas. Born deaf-mute around 1626 in Deventer, he spent his entire life under the guardianship of his family, while producing pencil portraits of extraordinary verisimilitude, subtle detail and rich chiaroscuro. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam, this catalogue reproduces almost 70 of his works, while the accompanying essays reconstruct his life and career, and set them against the background of the Golden Age of Dutch art.