Adriaen de Bie

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Adriaen de Bie
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Portrait of Adriaen de Bie by Lucas Vorsterman II after painting by Pieter Meert
Born Adriaen de Bie
Died 1668 (aged 74–75)
Nationality Flemish
Known for Painting, Engraving
Movement Baroque

Adriaen de Bie (1593–1668) was a Flemish painter of the Baroque period, who was an important teacher of baroque painters and the father of the poet Cornelis de Bie.


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.[1] 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.[2]


  1. ^ Adriaan De Bie's son, Cornelis De Bie, also mentions this in his work Faems Weer-galm of 1670.
  2. ^ (Dutch) Adriaen de Bie biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature

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