Cornelis Bisschop

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Cornelis Bisschop
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Cornelis Bisschop

(1630-02-12)12 February 1630
Died21 January 1674(1674-01-21) (aged 43)
Known forPainting

Cornelis Bisschop (12 February 1630 – 21 January 1674), was a Dutch Golden Age painter.


In ca. 1650 he was a student of Ferdinand Bol in Amsterdam.[1] In 1653 he was back in Dordrecht, where he got married. According to Houbraken he was the first to paint carved trompe l'oeil wooden panels in such an ingenious way that they became quite popular.[2] He painted historical allegories, portraits, still lifes, and genre-works. He was asked to paint for the Danish court, but he died unexpectedly, leaving his wife and eleven children.[3]

Of these children, two sons Abraham and Jacobus and three daughters became painters. These had been his students along with Margaretha van Godewijk who wrote an emblem about his self-portrait with a curtain, which illustrates the legend of Zeuxis.[2]


  1. ^ Cornelis Bisschop in RKD
  2. ^ a b (in Dutch) Kornelis Bisschop biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  3. ^ Libby, Alexandra. "Cornelis Bisschop". he Leiden Collection Catalogue. Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. Retrieved 21 April 2017.

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