(b Delft, 24 Dec. 1596; bur. Delft, 10 Feb. 1674). Dutch genre and history painter, active mainly in Delft. He travelled widely in Italy and France, 1614–28, and drew on a variety of influences for his most characteristic paintings—small nocturnal scenes with vivid effects of light. Works such as the Scene of Sorcery (Mus. B.-A., Bordeaux) have earned him the reputation of ‘an interesting independent who cannot be pigeonholed’ (Seymour Slive, Dutch Painting: 1600–1800, 1995).
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)