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(b Leiden, 24 Oct. 1607; d Amsterdam, 4 June 1674). Dutch painter and printmaker. He was extremely precocious, and after training in Amsterdam with Lastman he is said to have begun practising independently in Leiden when he was barely into his teens. From c.1625 to 1631/2 he worked in close collaboration and friendly rivalry with Rembrandt. They shared the same models (and probably a studio) and contemporaries sometimes had difficulty distinguishing between their hands (a few works are still disputed between them).

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)