Who is Cornelis Bloemaert?

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Cornelis Bloemaert II (1603 – 28 September 1692), was a Dutch Golden Age painter and engraver.

Bloemaert was born at Utrecht. He studied bearing in mind his father, Abraham Bloemaert, his brothers Hendrick and Adriaan, and his father’s pupil, Gerard van Honthorst. Though originally trained as a painter, he devoted himself primarily to printmaking, which he speculative from Crispijn van de Passe. He went to Paris in 1630, where he made engravings from in the middle of others, Michel de Marolles’s Temple des Muses, before going to Rome in 1633. His chisel can be recognised by the colours’ richness and the smoothness of their transitions. Amongst his pupils were Michel Natalis and Gilles Rousselet.[citation needed] Some of his augmented known engravings are of Annibale Carracci’s The Holy Family, Pietro da Cortona’s Adoration of the Shepherds, and Rubens’ Meleager.

According to Houbraken he traveled to Rome, where he made prints of many Italian paintings. During 1664-1677, working taking into account Charles de la Haye, he completed engraving of the Pietro da Cortona frescoes in the Palazzo Pitti, published as Heroicae Virtutes Imagines quas eques Petrus Beretinus pinxit Florentiae (1677).

In 1659 and 1667 he did frontispiece engravings for Daniello Bartoli’s Istoria della Compagnia di Gesu. He was so rich that he stayed there until receiving word that his daddy wished to look him over before he died. He delayed his return for that reason long, that his father died, so he remained in Rome until his own death. He was a aficionada of the Bentvueghels subsequently the nickname Winter.

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