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(b Utrecht, 4 Nov. 1592; d Utrecht, 27 Apr. 1656). Dutch painter of biblical, mythological, and genre scenes, and of portraits. He was a pupil of Bloemaert in his native Utrecht, but his style was formed by a long stay in Italy, where he probably spent most of the second decade of the century. On his return to Utrecht in 1620 he became, along with Baburen and Terbrugghen, one of the leading followers of Caravaggio in the Netherlands.

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