Nicolaes Maes

1634 - 1693

In his early years Nicolaes Maes was a painter of domestic scenes and portraits; from 1660 onwards he specialised in small-scale portraits. His early religious paintings such as the Gallery's 'Christ blessing Children' are strongly marked by Rembrandt's influence.

Maes was born in Dordrecht and probably became a pupil of Rembrandt in Amsterdam in about 1650. By 1654 Maes had returned to Dordrecht, and remained there until 1673, when he returned to Amsterdam. The earliest of his small domestic scenes, which probably influenced de Hooch and other Delft painters, were produced from about the time of his return to Dordrecht. He turned to portraiture from about 1656.