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(b Liège, 11 Sept. 1640; bur. Amsterdam, 28 Jul. 1711). Flemish-born Dutch painter, etcher, and writer on art. He settled in Amsterdam in about 1665 and became the leading decorative painter in Holland in the second half of the 17th century, working in an academic classical style that inspired his overenthusiastic contemporaries to call him ‘the Dutch Raphael’ and ‘the Dutch Poussin’. In about 1690, however, he suddenly went blind and thereafter devoted himself to art theory.

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