Pieter Claeissens the Elder
Pieter Claeissens the Elder (1500–1576), a Flemish painter of history and portraits, was the earliest of a large family of artists who lived at Bruges, where he was born. He was a pupil of Adriaan Bekaert, and was admitted into the Guild of St. Luke in that city in 1516, made a master in 1529, and dean in 1572. He died at Bruges in 1576. In the collection of the Prince of Orange at Brussels was a painting by him of a knight kneeling, with four sons, and in the Copenhagen Museum is a Man's Portrait by him. The name has been often written Claes, Claeis, Claeyssens, and Claeyssoone.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Bryan, Michael (1886). "Claes, Pieter, the elder". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.
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