Gerrit Pietersz Sweelink

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Gerrit Pietersz by Hendrick Hondius and Simon Frisius.

Gerrit Pietersz Sweelink (1566–1612) was a Dutch Golden Age painter.


Sweelink was born and died in Amsterdam. According to Karel van Mander he was first taught to paint by Jacob Lenartsz, a glasspainter of Amsterdam whose father was a seaman from Zandvoort.[1] He was such a good student that he was recommended to the painter Cornelis van Haarlem by Jacob Rauwaert.[1] He was the brother of the Orpheus of Amsterdam, the organist Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, whose portrait he later painted.[1] He lived in Antwerp many years and was in Rome for even longer.[1] When Van Mander was writing Sweelink was living back in Amsterdam and still painting.[1] Sweelink had taught a few good students, including a painter named "Govert" in Amsterdam, and Pieter Lastman in Italy.[1]

According to the RKD he is known for portraits and mythological and religious pieces.[2] He possibly died in 1612, since the engraved portrait of him in the engraving by Simon Frisius for Hendrik Hondius I refers to him in the past tense.[2]