Masters of Mobility


11.7 Epilogue

To summarize, it may rightly be stated that David Kindt was mainly active as a painter of portraits. Today, eight portraits can firmly be attributed to him. Another eight portraits are reported in archival sources. But Kindt also excelled as a painter of Biblical histories and allegorical subjects, and, as appears from his drawings, he was capable of depicting mythological subjects too. The overview presented here is a mere scratching of the surface with regard to artists of Netherlandish origins active in Hamburg in the Early Modern Era. From today’s point of view, discussing the expansion and the influence of Netherlandish art in Hamburg, appears a bit anachronistic, since research also needs to go into the artistic networks that tied an artist like David Kindt to his Flemish roots, for instance his first patrons, who came from Netherlandish families, like the Amsinck family. Apparently, even the Netherlandish immigrants of the second and third generation, who were born in Hamburg, kept close ties with their relatives and commercial partners in Antwerp or Amsterdam. This is true for the artists as much as for the successful businessmen, whose children and grandchildren became members of Hamburg’s patrician class.76


1 For early modern economic networks in Hamburg see most recently Poettering 2013, with further literature. For Hamburg as an early modern hub in art trade see most recently Kaiser/North et al. 2017, with further literature.

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