Famous 17th Century Artists

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 1 Rembrandt

Rembrandt
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Famous As: Painter
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.

 2 Frans Hals

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

 3 André Le Nôtre

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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 4 Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 31, 1617
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seville
Died: April 3, 1682

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo was a Spanish Baroque painter. He is most famous for his religious works. He also produced numerous paintings of contemporary women and children, especially of flower girls, street urchins, and beggars. He had many followers and pupils and was one of the founders of the Academia de Bellas Artes (Academy of Art). 

 5 Francesco Redi

Francesco Redi
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Famous As: Physician, Naturalist, Poet, Writer, Painter, Entomologist, Parasitologist
Birthdate: February 18, 1626
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy
Died: April 22, 1698

Called the founder of experimental biology and father of modern parasitology, Italian physician, biologist, naturalist and poet Francesco Redi did the first major experiment to challenge spontaneous generation. His book Esperienze intorno alla generazione degl'insetti includes most of his famous experiments, while his poem book Bacco in Toscana is counted among the finest works of 17th-century Italian poetry.   

 6 Claude Lorrain

Claude Lorrain
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1600 AD
Birthplace: Vosges
Died: November 23, 1682

 7 Georges de La Tour

Georges de La Tour
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 13, 1593
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vic-sur-Seille
Died: January 30, 1652
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 8 Jan Brueghel the Elder

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

 9 Pieter Brueghel the Younger

Pieter Brueghel the Younger
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: May 23, 1564
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: October 10, 1636

 10 Jacob van Ruisdael

Jacob van Ruisdael
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1628 AD
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: March 10, 1682

 11 Hyacinthe Rigaud

Hyacinthe Rigaud
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Famous As: Portrait painter, Painter
Birthdate: July 18, 1659
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Perpignan
Died: December 29, 1743

 12 Godfrey Kneller

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

 13 John Lyly

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

 14 Agostino Tassi

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

 15 Peter Lely

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

 16 Judith Leyster

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

 17 Pieter de Hooch

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

 18 Philippe de Champaigne

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

 19 Elisabetta Sirani

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

 20 Clara Peeters

Clara Peeters
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Famous As: Painter
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.  

 21 Gerrit Dou

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

 22 Gabriël Metsu

Gabriël Metsu
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 31, 1629
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: October 24, 1667

 23 Rachel Ruysch

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

 24 Orazio Gentileschi

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

 25 Domenichino

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

 26 Hishikawa Moronobu

Hishikawa Moronobu
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Famous As: Artist
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.

 27 Agostino Carracci

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

 28 Jan Davidsz. de Heem

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

 29 Gerard ter Borch

Gerard ter Borch
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 30, 1617
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zwolle, Netherlands
Died: December 8, 1681

 30 Hendrick Avercamp

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

 31 Gerard de Lairesse

Gerard de Lairesse
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Famous As: Painter, Art historian
Birthdate: September 11, 1640
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Liège
Died: July 28, 1711

 32 Wenceslaus Hollar

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

 33 Frans Snyders

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

 34 Christoph Haizmann

Christoph Haizmann
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Famous As: Painter
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.  

 35 Giovanni Baglione

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

 36 Giovanni Battista Gaulli

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

 37 Hendrick ter Brugghen

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

 38 Ogata Kōrin

Ogata Kōrin
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Famous As: Painter
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.

 39 Rosalba Carriera

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

 40 Jan van Goyen

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

 41 Mattia Preti

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

 42 Bartholomeus van der Helst

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

 43 William Dobson

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

 44 Pierre Mignard

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

 45 Nicolaes Maes

Nicolaes Maes
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 31, 1634
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dordrecht, Netherlands
Died: December 24, 1693

 46 Paulus Potter

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

 47 Sebastiano Ricci

Sebastiano Ricci
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: 1659 AD
Birthplace: Belluno
Died: May 15, 1734

 48 Adriaen van Ostade

Adriaen van Ostade
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 10, 1610
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: May 2, 1685

 49 Willem Claesz Heda

Willem Claesz Heda
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 14, 1594
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: 1680 AD

 50 Adam Elsheimer

Adam Elsheimer
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: March 18, 1578
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: December 11, 1610