|Dates||1621 - 1674|
According to Dutch biographer Arnold Houbraken, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout was both pupil and "great friend" of Rembrandt van Rijn. The son of a goldsmith, Van den Eeckhout probably studied with Rembrandt in the latter half of the 1630s. The compositional principles of Rembrandt's teacher Pieter Lastman, known for his theatrical realism and illusionism, also strongly affected him. Rembrandt may have encouraged Van den Eeckhout to study Lastman's technique, for Rembrandt owned a number of his master's works.
Van den Eeckhout adapted his style according to the genre in which he was working. Throughout his career, his