Cornelis Bisschop: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Cornelis Bisschop (12 February 1630 – 21 January 1674), was a Dutch Golden Age painter.

In ca. 1650 he was a student of Ferdinand Bol in Amsterdam. In 1653 he was encourage in Dordrecht, where he got married. According to Houbraken he was the first to paint carved trompe-l’œil wooden panels in such an ingenious mannerism that they became quite popular. He painted historical allegories, portraits, still lifes, and genre-works. He was asked to paint for the Danish court, but he died unexpectedly, leaving his wife and eleven children.

Of these children, two sons Abraham and Jacobus and three daughters became painters. These had been his students along in the same way as Margaretha van Godewijk who wrote an emblem very nearly his self-portrait similar to a curtain, which illustrates the legend of Zeuxis.

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