Willem Jacobsz Delff

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Father's family portrait,ca 1590. Willem is the boy on the lower left.
Willem Delff's engraving of Michiel van Mierevelt's painting of Maurice of Nassau

Willem Jacobsz Delff (c. October 1580 – 14 April 1638[1]) was a Dutch Golden Age engraver and painter.

Biography[edit]

Delff was born and died in Delft. He learned painting from his father, Jacob Willemsz Delff the Elder, who painted a family portrait with his sons and wife Maria Joachimsdr Nagel. Jacob's sons were all artists in their own right; Cornelis (top left in the portrait) became a still life painter, while Rochus (between Cornelis and his father) became a portrait painter like his father. Willem married a daughter of Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt and became a renowned engraver.[2][3] His son Jacob Willemsz Delff the Younger became a painter.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Delff, Willem Jacobsz at the RKD databases
  2. ^ Jakob Willemsz Delff biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  3. ^ Jakob Delff biography Houbraken misnamed his son Willem the engraver, calling him Jakob after his father.
  4. ^ Delff, Jacob Willemsz. (II) at the RKD databases