Dutch, 1593/1594 - 1657
Balthasar van der Ast was born in Middelburg. The date of his birth is not recorded, but legal documents indicate that Balthasar reached the age of maturity (twenty-five) between June 30, 1618, and September 13, 1619. He had been orphaned when his father, Hans, a wealthy widower, died in 1609. Balthasar then may have lived with his older sister Maria and her husband, the still-life painter
In 1619 Van der Ast joined the Saint Luke’s Guild in Utrecht. While there he probably trained Bosschaert’s three sons after their father died in 1621. He also taught
Arthur K. Wheelock Jr.
April 24, 2014