|Dates||about 1610 - 1665|
|Born||Groningen, The Netherlands|
|Died||Groningen, The Netherlands|
Albert Eckhout's reputation and career as a painter were made on a Dutch expedition to northeast Brazil from 1637 to 1644. A group of artists, including Eckhout and Frans Post, accompanied the newly appointed Dutch governor-general, Johan Maurits, count of Nassau-Siegen, to document the country's plants, animals, and people.
After they returned to Holland, Maurits, nicknamed "the Brazilian," commissioned Eckhout to produce a series of paintings showing the wonders of South America "as large as life." In 1679 Maurits gave eight of these paintings of Brazilian natives and animals in imaginary landscapes to