|Dates||about 1603 - 1655|
|Died||Utrecht, The Netherlands|
Almost everything known of Nikolaus Knüpfer's life is based on an inscription on a single engraved portrait dated 1642. After initial training in Leipzig and elsewhere, in 1630 Knüpfer moved to Utrecht, where he studied with
The rederijkertheater, the local rhetoricians' guilds that put on amateur performances, inspired his work. Knüpfer often created stage-like compositions with flights of steps leading to a dais where a ruler or judge was enthroned. Another source for his compositions was a book called Toneel van de mannelicke achtbaerheyt(The Theater of Manly Respectability), illustrated by Adriaen van de Venne.
Knüpfer's paintings were characterized by sketchy technique and loose brushwork. His warm tones and dramatic