Dirck Santvoort

(b. c. 1611)

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(b Amsterdam, c.1611; bur. Amsterdam, 9 Mar. 1680). Dutch portrait painter, great-grandson of Pieter Aertsen. He worked in an old-fashioned style, but his rather naive-looking figures often have great charm, particularly his portraits of children (a good example is in the National Gallery, London), and his career was highly successful. By the 1640s he was a wealthy man and seems to have retired from practice, although he remained active in the Amsterdam painters' guild, of which he was head in 1658. He had two painter brothers, Abraham (c.1624–69) and Peter (c.1603–35).

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