|Dates||1609 - 1685|
During his lifetime, Herman Saftleven was one of Holland's best-known artists. His father and his elder brother Cornelis probably trained him. His simple, austere style appears in an early series of landscape etchings from 1627. Around 1632, Saftleven made Utrecht his home. In the following year, he collaborated with Cornelis on paintings of rustic barn interiors, a subject that later became something of a specialty for him. In 1635 he helped to decorate Prince Frederick Henry's palace of Honselaersdijck, south of The Hague. His
Saftleven repeatedly drew his adopted city of Utrecht. In 1675 he recorded its houses and streets after hurricane devastation. In his last years, he made botanical studies in watercolor.