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Karel Dujardin

1626 - 1678

Dujardin was a leading painter of Italianate landscapes. Figures and animals feature prominently in Dujardin's landscapes. The animal paintings of Paulus Potter influenced him, as well as the landscapes of his master, Nicolaes Berchem. He also painted portraits and some religious scenes, such as 'The Conversion of Saint Paul'.

Dujardin was probably born in Amsterdam, the son of a little-known painter, Guilliam du Gardin. According to his biographer Houbraken, he trained with Berchem; he later visited Rome. In the early 1650s he is recorded in Amsterdam and in 1656 in The Hague. By 1659 he had apparently returned to Amsterdam. He visited Italy again in 1675, and he died in Venice three years later.