(b Utrecht, 1571; d Utrecht, 5 Mar. 1638). Dutch painter and architect, active in Utrecht, where he was the first dean of the painters' guild, founded in 1611. He painted various types of picture, including portraits (similar to those of his teacher Miereveld, but less severe) and religious works. More interesting than these are his Arcadian scenes with shepherds and shepherdesses; he was one of the first Dutch artists to paint such pictures.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)