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(bapt. Amsterdam, 19 Apr. 1633; bur. Venice, 25 Feb. 1659). Dutch painter, active in Italy for part of his very brief career. He was one of the most gifted of Rembrandt's pupils, but also one of the most enigmatic. Several paintings now given to him were formerly attributed to his master, and Drost has even been proposed as the author of the celebrated Polish Rider (Frick Coll., New York), which figures in many books as one of Rembrandt's most poetic creations.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)