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Christoffel Pierson

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Birthplace: Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Nederland
Death: Died in Gouda, Zuid-Holland, Nederland
Immediate Family:

Son of Paulus Pierson and Anneke Pierson
Husband of Maria Pierson; Amarenthe Maria Pierson and Joppijna Hodenpijl
Father of Jacobus Pierson; Anna Pierson and Allard Pierson

Occupation: Famous Dutch art painter and poet.
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About Christoffel Pierson

According to Houbraken, he was brought up to become a merchant. Schooled in Latin, French, and drawing, he spent time as a clerk (in a "comptoir"), but showed more talent for painting, which he learned from friend Bartholomeus Meyburgh, who was only 3 years older than he was.[1] In 1551-1552 he spent a year studying with Meyburgh, and then he moved to Schiedam, where he married his first wife in 1652.[1][2] In 1653 he travelled with Meyburgh to Germany.[1] On the way back they travelled through Bremervoorde, where they met with the Swedish Army, and Pierson painted the portrait of Fieldmarshal Carl Gustaf Wrangel.[1] The fieldmarshal was so satisfied that he offered both men the chance of becoming court painter to Queen Christina, but they turned it down, Meyburgh because he didn't want to, and Pierson because he had only just gotten married 6 months beforehand.[1]

1699 Pierson Stillleben mit Artemisbüste, Jagdwaffen und -gerät anagoria.JPG Upon his return to the Netherlands Pierson moved his household to Gouda where, inspired by the success of Anthonie Leemans, he made a profitable living making similar trompe l'oeil paintings of hunting paraphernalia, birdcages, and weaponry.[1] He was so successful at this that many were fooled into believing that these objects truly hung on the wall.[1] In Gouda he also made drawings on parchment of the famous stained glass windows of the Janskerk (Gouda), including those by the brothers Dirk Crabeth and Wouter Crabeth I, for the Gouda city council.[1] After the death of his first wife, he remarried a woman from Schiedam and moved back there in 1679, where he lived until 1691 before returning to Gouda, where he later died.[1]

He was also a good poet, and wrote as many poems as he made paintings.[1] The painter and printmaker Arnoud van Halen made a portrait of him for his cabinet of poets, that at the time Houbraken was writing, totalled more than 100 portraits.[1]

His last play Dagobert was published in the year of his death.[1]

Though he worked in several locations, most notably in Gouda and Schiedam, he is registered only in 1685 as a member of the Schiedam Guild of St. Luke.[2]

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Christoffel Pierson's Timeline

1631
May 19, 1631
Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Nederland
1652
September 29, 1652
Age 21
1653
November 9, 1653
Age 22
1680
July 7, 1680
Age 49
Gouda, South Holland, Netherlands
1681
May 19, 1681
Age 50
Schiedam, Zuid-Holland, Nederland
1690
1690
Age 58
1714
August 11, 1714
Age 83
Gouda, Zuid-Holland, Nederland
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