(b Dordrecht, 2 Aug. 1627; d Dordrecht, 19 Oct. 1678). Dutch painter, printmaker, and writer on art. He painted genre scenes in the style of de Hooch and Metsu, and portraits, but he is best known as a specialist in perspective effects, notably in his peep-show boxes, which show a painted toy world viewed through a small opening. Only in his early works can it be detected that he was a pupil of Rembrandt.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)