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(bapt. Amsterdam, 19 Dec. 1695; d Amsterdam, 12 Nov. 1754). The outstanding Dutch decorative painter of the 18th century, active mainly in Amsterdam. He had his principal training in Antwerp and learned much from Rubens's ceiling paintings in the Jesuit church there (his drawings became valuable records after the paintings were destroyed by fire in 1718). De Wit's style, however, was much lighter than Rubens's, with a Rococo delicacy and charm.

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