Paulus Bor

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Paulus Bor
Born1601 (1601)
DiedAugust 10, 1669(1669-08-10) (aged 67–68)
Other namesOrlando
Known forPainting
Aleijda van Crachtwijck
(m. 1632)
  • Paulus Bor (father)
Pieter de Grebber,
Salomon de Bray

Paulus Bor (c.1601 – 10 August 1669; Dutch: [ˈpʌulʏz ˈbɔr]) was a Dutch artist, representative of the "Golden Age", member of the art society "Bentvueghels".


Unknown artist. The ritual of admission to membership in the society "Birds of a Feather", 1660
Paulus Bor, The Annunciation of the Virgin's Death, c. 1635–1640, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Bor, who was born and died in Amersfoort, was descended from a notable Catholic family.[1] He made a study trip to Rome, where he was one of the founders of the Bentvueghels, taking the nickname Orlando.[2] He returned in 1626 to Amersfoort and joined Jacob van Campen in the decoration of the palace Honselaarsdijk belonging to Frederik Hendrik.[3] In 1635, painted after a stay in Rome, significant is the work "La Maddalena".[4] In 1656, he became regent of the godshuis "De Armen de Poth" in Amersfoort.[1]

Bor's style of painting was rather at odds with that of contemporary painters from Utrecht. He initially painted rather Caravaggisti-like history paintings, but his works fast became marked by a classicism related to that of his townsman van Campen. Through unusual compositions and primitive technique, his paintings depict strange and mysterious subjects.

Selected works[edit]

  • The Annunciation of the Virgin's Death (Dutch: De Annunciatie door Gabriël aan de Maagd van haar ophanden zijnde dood), c. 1635–1640 (National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa)


  1. ^ a b Liedtke 2007, p. 53.
  2. ^ Haak 1996, p. 318.
  3. ^ Brienen 2006, p. 30; Judson 1959, p. 110
  4. ^ Cerinotti 1999, p. 22.


  • Brienen, Rebecca Parker (2006). "Groningen, Amersfoort, and Amsterdam, c. 1607-1636". Visions of Savage Paradise: Albert Eckhout, Court Painter in Colonial Dutch Brazil. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. ISBN 978-1-4294-5469-8 – via Google Books.
  • Cerinotti, Angela (1999). Atlante della storia della Chiesa: Santi e Beati di ieri e di oggi: Vita di Uomini E Donne Consacrati Al Prossimo Nel Nome Della Fede, Della Speranza e Della Carità̀ [Atlas of Church History: Saints and Blesseds of Yesterday and Today: Life of Men and Women Consecrated to Others in the Name of Faith, Hope and Charity]. Colognola ai Colli (VR): Demetra. ISBN 978-8-84401316-5.
  • Haak, Bob (1996). "Jan van Bronchorst and Paulus Bor". In Willems-Treeman, Elizabeth (ed.). The Golden Age: Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century. New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang. ISBN 1-55670-484-4 – via Google Books.
  • Judson, Jay Richard (1959). Gerrit Van Honthorst: A Discussion of His Position in Dutch Art. Nijhoff – via Google Books.
  • Liedtke, Walter A. (2007). Dutch Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York. ISBN 978-1-58839-273-2 – via Google Books.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)

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