David Vinckboons


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(b Mechelen [Malines], 13 Aug. 1576; d Amsterdam, 1630/3).

Dutch painter and printmaker of Flemish birth, the best-known member of a family of artists. His father, the painter PhilipVinckboons (1545–1601), left Antwerp because of religious intolerance (he was a Protestant) and David spent most of his life in Amsterdam. He specialized in genre scenes in landscape settings and is a transitional figure between the decorative Mannerist tradition and the more naturalistic style associated with 17th-century Dutch painting. His scenes depicting village festivals show the influence of Pieter Bruegel, and Vinckboons is credited with introducing some of his motifs into Holland. It is sometimes claimed that Vinckboons's works can always be identified by the presence of a finch (vinck) in a tree (boom), but the painstaking student usually finds that the bird has flown. His son PhilipsVingboons (1607/8–78) was a leading architect in Amsterdam.

Subjects: Art.

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