Albert Eckhout: 14 cool facts

By Gwylym Owen

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Albert Eckhout (c.1610–1665) was a Dutch portrait and nevertheless life painter. Eckhout, the son of Albert Eckhourt and Marryen Roeleffs, was born in Groningen, but his training as an performer and forward career are unknown. A majority of the works recognized to him are unsigned. He was in the midst of the first European artists to paint scenes from the New World. He was in the entourage of the Dutch governor-general of Brazil, Johan Maurits, Prince of Nassau-Siegen, who took him and fellow painter Frans Post to Dutch Brazil to have them book the country’s landscape, inhabitants, flora and fauna. Eckhout is also famous for his still-life paintings of Brazilian fruits and vegetables. His paintings were expected for embellishment in a domestic context.

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