Famous 17th Century Artists

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Rembrandt
(Painter)

Rembrandt
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Birthdate: July 15, 1606
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: October 4, 1669

Rembrandt was a Dutch printmaker, painter, and draughtsman. A master in three major art media, Rembrandt is widely considered the most important visual artist in Dutch art history and one of the greatest of all time. He is also considered the greatest etcher in the history of printmaking. His life and work inspired several films, including the 1936 movie Rembrandt.

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Anthony van Dyck
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Birthdate: March 22, 1599
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: December 9, 1641

Anthony van Dyck was a Flemish Baroque artist who started painting at an early age before going on to become the leading court painter in England. Although he is best remembered for painting the aristocracy, van Dyck also painted biblical and mythological subjects. In 1632, Anthony van Dyck received a knighthood from Charles I.

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Frans Hals
(Painter)

Frans Hals
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Birthdate: 1582 AD
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: August 26, 1666

One of the most prominent painters of the Dutch Golden Age of painting, Frans Hals is renowned for his individual and group portraits as well as for his genre work paintings. He is known for loose painterly brushwork, colourful palette and lively style of painting. His work played a key role in the development of 17th century group portraiture.

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André Le Nôtre
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Paris

André Le Nôtre was a 17th-century French landscape architect. Born into a family of gardeners, he later became the principal gardener of King Louis XIV of France. He is credited with designing the gardens of the Palace of Versailles. His other works include the design of gardens and parks at Saint-Cloud, Chantilly, Fontainebleau, and Saint-Germain. 

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Georges de La Tour
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Birthdate: March 13, 1593
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vic-sur-Seille
Died: January 30, 1652

Jan Brueghel the Elder
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Birthdate: 1568 AD
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: January 13, 1625

Flemish painter Jan Brueghel the Elder is perhaps best remembered for his floral still lifes and landscapes. The second son of legendary Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder, he was also nicknamed "Velvet" Brueghel and "Flower" Brueghel and was a court painter of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II.

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Jacob van Ruisdael
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Birthdate: 1628 AD
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: March 10, 1682
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Pieter Brueghel the Younger
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Birthdate: May 23, 1564
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: October 10, 1636

Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel the Younger was the eldest son of legendary Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel the Elder. Mostly known for re-creating his father’s works, he also created numerous original paintings, mostly depicting rural life. His works now adorn museums in cities such as Paris and Amsterdam.

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Godfrey Kneller
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Birthdate: August 8, 1646
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Free City of Lübeck
Died: October 19, 1723

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Hyacinthe Rigaud
(Former Catalan-French baroque painter most famous for his portraits of Louis XIV and other members of the French nobility)

Hyacinthe Rigaud
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Birthdate: July 18, 1659
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Perpignan, France
Died: December 29, 1743

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John Lyly
(Writer)

John Lyly
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Birthdate: 1553 AD
Birthplace: Kent, England
Died: October 31, 1606

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Philippe de Champaigne
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Birthdate: May 26, 1602
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brussels
Died: August 12, 1674

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Jean-Antoine Watteau
(Former Painter whose notable works include Embarkation for Cythera, L'Enseigne de Gersaint)

Jean-Antoine Watteau
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Birthdate: October 10, 1684
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Valenciennes, France
Died: July 18, 1721

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Agostino Tassi
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Birthdate: 1578 AD
Birthplace: PePonzano Romano, Italy
Died: February 25, 1644

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Peter Lely
(Painter)

Peter Lely
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Birthdate: September 14, 1618
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Soest, Germany
Died: November 30, 1680

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Elisabetta Sirani
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Birthdate: January 8, 1638
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: August 28, 1665

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Judith Leyster
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Birthdate: July 28, 1609
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: February 10, 1660

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Nicholas Hilliard
(One of the Most Influential Artists of the Elizabethan Period)

Nicholas Hilliard
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Birthdate: 1547 AD
Birthplace: Exeter, England
Died: January 7, 1619

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Pieter de Hooch
(Dutch painter)

Pieter de Hooch
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Birthdate: December 20, 1629
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: March 24, 1684

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Jacob Jordaens
(Former Flemish painter known for his history paintings, genre scenes and portraits)

Jacob Jordaens
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Birthdate: May 19, 1593
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: October 18, 1678

Flemish painter Jacob Jordaens was a major part of the Flemish Baroque movement. He is best remembered for his works such as Allegory of Fertility and known for his signature use of warm colors and scenes inspired by proverbs, mythology, allegories. He also designed many tapestries.

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Pietro da Cortona
(Former Baroque painter and architect)

Pietro da Cortona
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Birthdate: November 1, 1596
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cortona, Italy
Died: May 16, 1669

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Clara Peeters
(Painter)

Clara Peeters
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Birthdate: 1594 AD
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: 1659 AD

Clara Peeters was a Flemish painter from Antwerp known for her still-life works. Active in both the Spanish Netherlands and the Dutch Republic, she is the most famous female Flemish artist of her era. She was one of the few women artists working professionally in 17th-century Europe. She is believed to have been a wealthy and successful artist.  

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Gerrit Dou
(Painter)

Gerrit Dou
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Birthdate: April 7, 1613
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: February 9, 1675

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Rachel Ruysch
(Painter)

Rachel Ruysch
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Birthdate: June 3, 1664
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: August 12, 1750

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Gabriël Metsu
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Birthdate: June 3, 1664, 1629
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: October 24, 1667

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Orazio Gentileschi
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Birthdate: July 9, 1563
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pisa, Italy
Died: February 7, 1639

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Hishikawa Moronobu
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Birthdate: 1618 AD
Birthplace: Kyonan, Chiba, Japan
Died: July 25, 1694

Japanese artist Hishikawa Moronobu is noted for popularizing the ukiyo-e genre of woodblock prints and paintings during the late 17th century. He is credited for producing the first ukiyo-e woodblock prints. A prolific illustrator, Moronobu worked in different genres and developed a unique style of portraying female beauties. He produced over 100 illustrated books and single-sheet images.

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Domenichino
(Painter)

Domenichino
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Birthdate: October 21, 1581
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: April 6, 1641

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Agostino Carracci
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Birthdate: August 16, 1557
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: March 22, 1602

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Rosalba Carriera
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Birthdate: October 7, 1675
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: April 15, 1757

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Frans Snyders
(Painter)

Frans Snyders
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Birthdate: November 11, 1579
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: August 19, 1657

Flemish painter Frans Snyders is best remembered for his paintings of animals and hunting scenes. He also created still-lifes of flowers and fruits. He is also considered a pioneer in depicting animals as protagonists in everyday situations. His works also featured many collaborations with Antwerp painters.

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Hendrick Avercamp
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Birthdate: January 27, 1585
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: May 15, 1634

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Gerard ter Borch
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Birthdate: January 27, 1585, 1617
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zwolle, Netherlands
Died: December 8, 1681

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Gerard de Lairesse
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Birthdate: September 11, 1640
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Liège, Belgium
Died: July 28, 1711

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Wenceslaus Hollar
(Bohemian etcher)

Wenceslaus Hollar
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Birthdate: July 13, 1607
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Prague, Czechoslovakia
Died: March 25, 1677

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Jan Davidsz. de Heem
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Birthdate: April 17, 1606
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: April 26, 1684

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Christoph Haizmann
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Birthdate: 1651 AD
Birthplace: Traunstein, Germany
Died: March 14, 1700

Christoph Haizmann was the Austrian painter who had sold his soul to the Devil to attain artistic fame and was later exorcized. He had also painted several pictures of the Devil as it appeared to him. The Haizmann case was later studied by many psychiatrists and psychologists, such as Sigmund Freud.  

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Simon Vouet
(Former Painter who was immensely influential in introducing the Italian Baroque style of painting to France)

Simon Vouet
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Birthdate: January 9, 1590
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 30, 1649

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Giovanni Baglione
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Birthdate: 1566 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: December 30, 1643

Giovanni Battista Gaulli
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Birthdate: May 8, 1639
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: April 2, 1709

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Hendrick ter Brugghen
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Birthdate: 1588 AD
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: November 1, 1629

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Ogata Kōrin
(Painter)

Ogata Kōrin
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Birthdate: 1658 AD
Birthplace: Kyōto, Japan
Died: June 2, 1716

Best known for his paintings on folding screens, ceramic figures, writing boxes, and fans, Ogata Kōrin rejuvenated the Rinpa school of Japanese art. Apart from painting, he also specialized in textile designing and lacquerwork. Though born to a wealthy calligrapher, he later lost his riches due to his extravagance.

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Pierre Mignard
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Birthdate: November 17, 1612
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Troyes, France
Died: May 30, 1695

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Jan van Goyen
(Painter)

Jan van Goyen
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Birthdate: January 13, 1596
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: April 27, 1656

Bartholomeus van der Helst
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Birthdate: 1613 AD
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: December 16, 1670

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Mattia Preti
(Artist)

Mattia Preti
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Birthdate: February 24, 1613
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Taverna, Calabria, Italy
Died: January 3, 1699

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William Dobson
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Birthdate: March 4, 1611
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 28, 1646

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Paulus Potter
(Painter)

Paulus Potter
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Birthdate: November 20, 1625
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Enkhuizen, Netherlands
Died: January 17, 1654

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Nicolaes Maes
(Painter)

Nicolaes Maes
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Birthdate: November 20, 1625, 1634
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dordrecht, Netherlands
Died: December 24, 1693

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Pieter Lastman
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Birthdate: 1583 AD
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: April 4, 1633