Adriaen de Bie
|Adriaen de Bie|
|Born||Adriaen de Bie
|Died||1668 (aged 74–75)
|Known for||Painting, Engraving|
According to Houbraken his father had been cut out of his mother's womb and lived miraculously as an unborn child. Houbraken received his biographical information about de Bie from H. Poter, who said that Adriaen de Bie first learned to paint from Wouter Abts. At age 18 he left for Paris where he studied for two years with Rudolf Schoof, the court painter to Louis the 13th. From there he left for Rome, where he stayed 6 years. He then visited the most important cities of Italy over the next three years, painting for Cardinals, mostly paintings of gold and silver plates and precious stones. In 1623 he returned to Brabant, where he painted portraits and decorations for the St. Gummarus church above the altar of St. Eligius, the patron saint of goldsmiths.