Cornelis Bisschop

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

Cornelis Bisschop
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Cornelis Bisschop

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


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'œil 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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