Hendrick Cornelisz Van Vliet Netherlands

10-1612 Delft, NED - 10-28-1675 Delft, NED

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Van Vliet, Hendrick Cornelisz

Hendrick Cornelisz van Vliet studied under his uncle Willem van der Vliet and was admitted to the painters guild in Delft in 1632. He was good at perspective but later took up portrait painting with Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt. Van Vliet started out with architectural painting, particularly the painting of church interiors.

Before him, architectural painting had been pioneered by Pieter Saenredam, who introduced innovative techniques of perspective. By mid century, architectural painting gained great popularity. Among the churches painted by Hendrick Cornelisz van Vliet  are the Pieterskerk (Peter's Church) in Leiden, the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) in Delft, and the Oude Kerk (Old Church) in Delft (Van Vliet would be buried in the latter in 1675). Emanuel de Witte and Gerard Houckgeest, also painted these Delft church interiors. Paintings of the tomb of William the Silent were quite popular.

He married in 1643 Cornelia van der Plaat, from which marriage a daughter was born. He died and was buried in poverty on October 28, 1675 in the Oude Kerk in Delft.

The paintings of Hendrick Cornelisz van Vliet can be seen at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Centraal Museum Utrecht, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Walker Art Gallery (Liverpool,England), the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Pushkin Art Museum in Moscow, Russia.

Art Movement: Barooque Art
Influences: Willem van der Vliet, Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt
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