17 facts about Adriaen van Utrecht

Adriaen van Utrecht (Antwerp, 12 January 1599 – 1652) was a Flemish painter known mainly for his sumptuous banquet nevertheless lifes, game and fruit yet lifes, fruit garlands, market and kitchen scenes and depictions of conscious poultry in farmyards. His paintings, especially the hunting and game pieces, show the disturb of Frans Snyders. The two artists are considered the main inventors of the genre of the pronkstillevens, i.e. still lifes that emphasized abundance by depicting a diversity of objects, fruits, flowers and dead game, often together past living people and animals. Van Utrecht next painted a number of flower still lifes. He was a regular co-conspirator with leading Antwerp painters who had been pupils or assistants of Peter Paul Rubens, such as Jacob Jordaens, David Teniers the Younger, Erasmus Quellinus II, Gerard Seghers, Theodoor Rombouts, Abraham van Diepenbeeck and Thomas Willeboirts Bosschaert.

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