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Wallerant Vaillant 'Portrait of Pieter Blaeu'

Portrait of Pieter Blaeu
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1671
Lille
1623
Amsterdam
1677
109 x 92 cm
Signed lower right and dated 1671
old masters
Collection Van Limburg-Stirum
Wallerant Vaillant was painter at the Frisian court of Willem Friso, Prince of Orange. He is however most well known for his mezzotint prints, a technique he helped develop. Pieter Blaue was the son of carthographer and publisher Joan Blaeu. As connoisseur and collector, he was the art agent for the Grand-Dukes De Medici.