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 Peter (Pieter) Lely  (1618 - 1680)

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Lived/Active: United Kingdom/England/Netherlands/Germany      Known for: portrait, landscape, religious themed, history and figure paintings

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Portrait of a young woman and child, as Venus and Cupid, the young woman almost certainly either Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine, and Duchess of Cleveland (1640-1709), or Nell Gwyn (1650-1687), full-length, naked, beside an urn, a landscape beyo
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His real name was van der Faes, but Peter Lely took his nickname after a family home with a lily on its gable.  Born in Germany to Dutch parents, by 1637 he was Pieter Lely at the Guild of Saint Luke in Haarlem, where he trained.  Ten years later he was in London, where he painted landscapes, religious scenes, and history pictures but quickly recognized the strength of the market in portraiture.

Working for many of the late Anthony van Dyck's patrons, Lely took the opportunity (showing 500 of 1644 characters).

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