Willem de Poorter

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Willem de Poorter
Willem de Poorter 001.jpg
'Still life with armour.
Born Willem de Poorter
Died 1668 (aged 59–60)
Nationality Netherlands
Known for Painting
Movement Baroque

Willem de Poorter (1608–1668) was a Dutch Golden Age painter.


According to Houbraken he painted a very good Queen of Sheba, but he painted mostly still lifes.[1]

Queen of Sheba, ca.1645.

His surviving paintings today are mainly small historical allegories and still lifes with metal objects. Though he has been considered in the past by (some) 19th century historians to have been a pupil of Rembrandt, he in fact lived and worked in Haarlem, not Amsterdam. He was registered as a painter in Haarlem in 1631 and in 1634 as a member of the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke.[2] The confusion about being a pupil of Rembrandt comes from an incorrect reading of Houbraken, who mentions him in the same paragraph along with two other painters; a painter by the last name of Van Terlee, and the much younger Willem Drost, who did live in Amsterdam as a young man, and was in fact a pupil of Rembrandt there.

De Poorter later influenced Hendrick Martensz Sorgh.[2]


  1. ^ (in Dutch) Drost, van Terlee en Poorter biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  2. ^ a b Willem de Poorter in RKD

External links

  • Works and literature on Willem de Poorter at PubHist
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