Adam De Coster
(1585/6 - 1643)
Adam De Coster was active/lived in Belgium. Adam De Coster is known for painting.
Biography Adam De Coster
By the early 1630s, as Benedict Nicolson notes, Adam de Coster had established himself in Antwerp as a renowned painter of nocturnal scenes, a pictor noctium (B. Nicolson, 'Notes on Adam de Coster', Burlington Magazine, CIII, May 1961, p. 186). He is labelled as such in a portrait etching by Sir Anthony van Dyck from 1626, later published in The Iconography.
Though no signed or dated pictures have survived, a body of work has been ascribed to de Coster on the basis on the engraving by Lucas Vosterman of a candlelit game of backgammon, a picture that shows his clear debt to Gerrit van Honthorst. De Coster frequently used the trope of the half-masked flame in his compositions, a variation on the single candlelight t
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