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 Melchior de Hondecoeter  (1636 - 1693)

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Lived/Active: Holland      Known for: bird painting

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1636 (Utrecht)
 
Death
1693 (Amsterdam)

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Holland

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Melchior de Hondecoeter was born into a family of artists and studied with his father, Gysbert de Hondecoeter, and his uncle, Jan Baptist Weenix. From 1659 to 1663 he lived in The Hague, and then moved to Amsterdam, where he spent the rest of his life.

de Hondecoeter's specialty was the depiction of poultry, waterfowl, and exotic birds; he was known in the nineteenth century as the ‘Raphael of bird painters.’ He dramatically emphasized the color and texture of their plumage, and carefully (showing 500 of 1377 characters).



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