Pieter Cornelisz van Slingelandt

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Pieter Cornelisz van Slingelandt
Slingelandt, Pieter Cornelis van - himself - 17th century.jpg
'Self-portrait in oval frame.
Born Pieter Cornelisz
Died 1691 (aged 50–51)
Nationality Netherlands
Known for Painting
Movement Fijnschilder

Pieter Cornelisz van Slingelandt (20 October 1640 – 7 November 1691) was a Dutch Golden Age portrait painter who had been a pupil of Gerard Dou and is known as one of Leiden's fijnschilders..


A young lacemaker is interrupted by a birdseller who offers her ware through the window, 1672-3.

According to Houbraken, his teacher was Gerard Dou, who he imitated so well that many of his works were later misattributed to him.[1] He was rather introverted and very methodical and conscientious, spending months on his works and striving for perfection.[1] Houbraken especially liked a piece where a maid holds a mouse by the tail as a cat jumps for it.[1]

Houbraken wrote that while Slingelandt was working on a family portrait for the gentleman Francois Meerman (1630–1672), he is said to have taken 6 weeks to paint the lace of one child's bib.[1] That painting currently hangs in the Louvre.[2]

According to the RKD he became a member of the Leiden Guild of St. Luke on November 22, 1661.[3] He remained a member until 1668, and after a break of five years began paying dues again from 1673-1680.[3] In 1690 he became headman, and in 1691 deacon of the guild.[3] Though he appears in the catalogue raisonné of C. Hofstede de Groot, the only painting mentioned there is one that is no longer attributed to Slingelandt.[3] His pupils were Jacob van der Sluys, and Jan Tilius.[3] Adriaen van Gaesbeeck, who was also sometimes mentioned as a pupil of Slingelandt, was in reality 19 years older and died when Slingelandt was only 9 years old.


  1. ^ a b c d (Dutch) Pieter van Slingelant biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  2. ^ RKD entry on Slingelandt painting of Meerman family
  3. ^ a b c d e Pieter Cornelisz van Slingelandt in the RKD

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