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Pieter van Laer

painter, draftsman, print artist
North Netherlandish
Haarlem 1599-12/1599-12-14
baptized December 15, 1599 in Haarlem (Kurtz 1958). Houbraken stated that he was born in 'Lare buiten Naarden'.
Date and place of death are uncertain, but definitely after 1641 (drawing in a Haarlem song book from that year); according to a statement from the testament of his sister from 1654 there weren't any signs of life from him in the last twelve years; according to Passeri he died in the fall of 1642 (Passeri 1772, p. 53; Briganti 1991, p. 58-59, note 20); according to Hoogewerff in Thieme/Becker he died on June 30, 1642, but the source of this is unclear. According to Houbraken he drowned himself in a well (Houbraken 1718, p. 363), but, quoting Schrevelius 1649 in Houbraken 1719, p. 124, says he intended to returnt to Italy. According to Briganti he left for Sweden after 1641; according to Schatborn he left in 1642.
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son of schoolmaster Jacob Boddingh and Magdalena Heyns from Antwerp (daughter of schoolmaster and writer Peeter Heyns), younger brother of Roelant van Laer, older brother of Nicolaas Boddink van Laer, calligrapher (later vicar)
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Biographical information
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  • Haarlem 1614 - 1623
  • Frankrijk
    traveled throught France to Italy
  • Rome 1624 - 1639
    according to Briganti (1991) and Schatborn (2001) since 1625; according to Blankert (1968) in or shortly before 1625; was a close friend of Joachim von Sandrart; lived in Via Margutta with J. del Campo (Noack 1927)
  • Rome 1624 - 1639
    lived in Via Babuino (Noack 1927)
  • Wenen
    Van Hoogstraten 1678
  • Amsterdam 1639
    according to Briganti (read in Sandrart) he returned to Amsterdam in 1639
  • Haarlem 1641
    He made a signed and dated drawing in a Haarlem song book in 1641 (Schatborn 2011, p. 87).
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This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
animal painting (genre), genre, history (as a genre), landscape (as genre), portrait, italianate, architecture (genre), peasant genre
oil paint
Creation date: 1992-02-07; Last modified date: 2022-05-17


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