Govert Teunisz. (Anthonisz.) Flinck was born in Cleves. He was a pupil of Rembrandt in Amsterdam, where he remained for the rest of his life. His early work is much affected by Rembrandt (as in this self portrait), but later he abandoned Rembrandt's chiaroscuro for a brighter and lighter colouring.
He achieved great contemporary success, being awarded major commissions for the Amsterdam Town Hall and other public buildings. He was a portrait and history painter.