Reference Entry

Heda, Willem Claesz.

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI:
Heda, Willem Claesz.

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Dutch, 17th century, male.

Born 1594, in Haarlem; died c. 1680.

Painter. Historical subjects, portraits, still-lifes.

Haarlem School.

Willem was the brother of Cornelis Claesz. Heda. He occupied an important place among the painters of Haarlem. His pupils were Maerten Boelema of Louvain, Arnoldus Beerensteyn, Hendrik Herschoop of Haarlem and his son Gerrit Willemsz. Heda. Arnold de Bray painted his portrait in 1678. Heda was ignored for a long time by art-lovers: while painters of the same school such as David de Heem, Jan Fyt or Kalf, attracted high prices at public auctions, the paintings signed by Willem Heda were left unbought. Today, however, his merit as a painter is recognised and appreciated. His works are included in the big museums and the most famous private collections....

Reference Entry.  1701 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Painting ; Renaissance Art

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