Who is Cornelis Saftleven?

By Gwylym Owen

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Cornelis Saftleven (c. 1607 in Gorinchem – 1 June 1681 in Rotterdam) was a Dutch painter who worked in a great variety of genres. Known in particular for his rural genre scenes, his range of subjects was very broad and included portraits, farmhouse interiors, rural and seashore scenes, landscapes later than cattle, history paintings, scenes of Hell, allegories, satires and illustrations of proverbs.

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