(b Mechelen, c. 1520; bur Mechelen, 1 April 1600). Flemish painter, second wife of pieter Coecke van aelst i. She was the daughter of a little-known painter in Mechelen but became famous during her lifetime. Best known for miniatures, she was described by Lodovico Guicciardini in 1567 as one of the five principal female painters in the Netherlands. Despite such acclaim, no extant signed works are known. She had three children with Pieter Coecke van Aelst: Paul, who became a painter, Katherine and Marie (or Mayken), who married Pieter Bruegel the elder. Verhulst was documented by Karel van Mander as the first person to teach watercolour painting to her grandson Jan Breughel the elder. She may also have taught Jan's brother Pieter Brueghel the younger. It was suggested by Bergmans that four works by the Brunswick monogrammist should be attributed to Verhulst.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.