(b c. 1497; d Amsterdam; bur 27 June 1567). North Netherlandish painter, son of jacob Corneliszoon van oostsanen. His birthdate is estimated from van Mander's claim that he died at the age of almost 70. His birthplace is unknown, but by about the age of three he was living in Amsterdam, where his father purchased a house in 1500. Dirck himself is documented in the city from 1546 until his burial. About 1550 he married Marritgen Gerritsdochter, by whom he had two children, Maria Dircksdochter and Jacob Dirckszoon War, also a painter. Dirck was trained by his father, probably around 1512, when jan van Scorel was an apprentice. The two young artists may have remained friends, for in later years elements of Jan's mature, more Mannerist style can be seen in Dirck's paintings. Not only were Dirck's father and his brother, the little-known painter Cornelis Jacobszoon (d 1526/33), artists, his uncle Cornelis Buys I (fl c. 1490–1524), usually identified as the master of Alkmaar, and his cousin Cornelis Buys II (c. 1500–45/6) also practised the craft. They all signed their pieces with a shared housemark flanked by their respective initials. But whereas Dirck's kinsmen painted a variety of subjects, he concentrated on portraiture, thus becoming one of the first Dutch artists to specialize.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.