Born near Leyden, 1606; died 1674; aged 68. This is a suprising specimen of the powers of the master, and as a group is almost unequalled of its kind; it possesses all the splendour and charms of colour, a care of execution only to be found in his best works, a sweetness and simplicity of expression, and an admirable truth of nature. The objects appear to live; and the infantine beauty of the children cannot be surpassed. Not any other artist could have treated the subject in so prepossessing and beautiful a manner; even Vandycke wants that charm and simplicity which make this picture a transcript of nature, and, for harmony, a piece of glowing gold. It is said of him that his objects are only to be equalled by nature; that his carnations are as true, as fresh, and as perfect as they appear in Titian; and in chiaroscuro his power is beyond that of any other master. His excellence lay in works of this kind; his historical subjects want grace and elegance, and in many instances of this kind, his want of refinement is hardly to be apologised for by his wonderful harmony and colour. (A picture of a servant painted by him and placed at his window, deceived the passers by for the reality of life.) Mentioned by Du Fresnoy. [Pp. 23-24.]
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