This is Christiaen van Couwenbergh

By Gwylym Owen

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Christiaen van Couwenbergh, (8 July 1604 – 4 July 1667) was a Dutch Golden Age painter.

Couwenbergh was born in Delft. His dad Gillis was a silversmith, engraver, and art dealer from Mechelen. Gillis had moved to Delft before 1604 where he married Adriaantje Vosmaer, the sister of the flower painter Jacob Vosmaer. Christiaen speculative to paint from Johan van Nes, and subsequently entered the Guild of St. Luke in Delft in 1627. He after that travelled urge on and forth to Italy. After his return, he established in The Hague where he united the Confrerie Pictura in 1647 and became deacon in 1649. He specialized in large historical allegories as wall decorations, often later than life-sized nudes. He not unaided painted, but plus produced drawings and designs for tapestries. His patrons were Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange, among other royal admirers, for wall decorations at Huis ter Nieuwburg, Huis ten Bosch and Huis Honselaarsdijk. Queen Christina of Sweden purchased a series of tapestries expected by him.

He later moved to Cologne amid 1654-1656, where he unconventional died. He is known for portraits and historical allegories and is judged to be one of those influenced by Caravaggio.

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