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(b Courtrai [Kortrijk], ??1576; d Utrecht, 25 Feb. 1639). Flemish-born Dutch painter, draughtsman, and etcher of landscapes, animal subjects, and still life, the most distinguished member of a family of artists. He grew up in Amsterdam and spent much of his career in Utrecht (where he settled in 1619), but he is best known for his association with Prague, where he worked for the Emperor Rudolf II (see Habsburg) from 1603 to 1613.

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