Wybrand Simonsz (The Elder) de Geest
(1592 - 1661)
Wybrand Simonsz (The Elder) de Geest was active/lived in Holland. Wybrand de Geest is known for portrait painting.
Biography Wybrand Simonsz (The Elder) de Geest
Wybrand Simonsz. de Geest was a Dutch Golden Age portrait painter from Friesland. He learned painting from his father Simon Juckesz, a stained glass worker. He studied later with Abraham Bloemaert. From 1614 to 1618 he travelled in France and Italy on a Grand Tour. In 1616 he met up with Leonard Bramer in Aix-en-Provence. While in Rome he became a member of the painters' circle known as the Bentvueghels. He earned the nickname 'De Friesche Adelaar', or "the Frisian Eagle".
De Geest married Hendrickje Fransdr Uylenburgh in 1622, a niece of Saskia van Uylenburgh, the wife of Rembrandt. In 1634, just before his own marriage, Rembrandt visited De Geest's studio. In 1636 the Frenchman Charles Ogier, secretary to Cardinal Richelieu visited
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