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(b Haarlem, c.1613; bur. Amsterdam, 16 Dec. 1670). Dutch portrait painter, active in Amsterdam. In the 1640s he took over from Rembrandt as the most popular portraitist in the city, his detailed, tasteful, and slightly flattering likenesses appealing more to the fashionable burghers than the master's work, which was becoming more individual and introspective. Van der Helst was highly influential during his lifetime.

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