Dutch painter and etcher. He was a pupil of Rembrandt
in the mid-1630s and in his early work imitated his master s style so well as to create occasional difficulty in distinguishing between them. The portrait of Elizabeth Bas in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, is the best-known instance; it was acknowledged as a Rembrandt
until 1911, when it was attributed to Bol, and although this opinion is still generally accepted, there has been renewed support for Rembrandt
as the author.
As Bol s career prospered, both as a portraitist and a painter of historical subjects,
his style moved away from that of Rembrandt, becoming blander and more elegant in the style of van der Helst.
In 1669 he married a wealthy widow and seems to have stopped painting. Sir Godfrey Kneller
was Bol s most distinguished pupil.
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