POORTER, Willem de
(b. 1608, Haarlem - after 1648, ?)


Dutch painter, probably a pupil of Rembrandt. He painted history paintings (especially biblical subjects). His small biblical and allegorical pictures can be connected with Rembrandt's last years in Leiden and first years in Amsterdam, but it is not known if he actually worked in Rembrandt's studio.

In his late phase de Poorter also created still-lifes. His still-life paintings of flags and military equipment piled in dramatically lit grottoes hover between the works of Rembrandt and Bramer, without ever capturing the intensity of the former or the fantasy of the latter.

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