Pieter Pietersz. Lastman was probably born in Amsterdam; he is recorded as having studied with G. P. Sweelinck. By 1604 Lastman was in Italy; he worked in Rome. He returned to Amsterdam by 1607, and worked there for the rest of his life. He was the city's leading history painter. Rembrandt was Lastman's most famous pupil.
1583 - 1633
Paintings by Pieter Lastman
Stories of the misdeeds of the Greek and Roman gods were popular subjects for paintings in the seventeenth century. Pieter Lastman had been to Rome and seen the innovative paintings of Caravaggio and his followers. He takes on their use of chiaroscuro – the dramatic use of light and shadow – and...