Joachim Anthonisz. Wtewael

Dates1566 - 1638

Until the age of eighteen, Wtewael made and engraved glass with his father in his native town of Utrecht. Soon after, he spent two years each in Italy and France, where he cultivated his mature painting style. Upon his return to Utrecht at age twenty-five, he became a member of the saddlemakers' guild, to which painters then belonged. He produced paintings, drawings, engravings, and stained glass windows.

Wtewael was one of the last artists in Europe painting in the Mannerist tradition. Even when other artists had turned to a more naturalistic style in the late 1600s, he continued to paint in an artificial style characterized by acidic colors and willfully distorted poses.