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Allaert Claesz.

born circa 1508 in Amsterdam, active in Utrecht and Amsterdam 1520–1555

According to Carel van Mander, Allaert Claesz., who was active in Amsterdam around 1525, taught Pieter Aertsen and was considered one of the foremost painters in the city at the time. Several attempts have been made to delineate his painted oeuvre more closely, but even now there is still no clearly defined picture of Claesz.’ work as a painter. His printed oeuvre, on the other hand, encompasses some two hundred works. Given their lack of stylistic uniformity, however, it can be assumed that several studio workers were involved in their execution.