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Self Portrait
(Born Antwerp, 22 March 1599; died London, 9 December 1641). Apart from Rubens, the outstanding Flemish painter of the 17th century, renowned chiefly as one of the greatest of all portraitists. In 1609 he was apprenticed to Hendrick van Balen in Antwerp. He was exceptionally precocious and on his earliest dated painting (Portrait of a Man aged 70, 1613, Mus. Royaux, Brussels) he has proudly inscribed his own age (14) as well as that of the sitter.

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