Peter Lastman

Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar

Oil on panel, 83 x 126 cm.
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Orestes and Pylades Disputing at the Altar, Pieter Lastman

Pieter Pietersz. LASTMAN
Born 1583, Amsterdam - Died 1633, Amsterdam)

Dutch painter active in Amsterdam and specialized in religious, historical, and mythological scenes. He went to Italy (c. 1604) and was influenced by Caravaggio - which makes him akin to the Utrecht School - and by Elsheimer. His "forte" was small figures in exotic and brightly-colored costumes. He was back in Amsterdam by 1607. His real importance lies in the fact that Jan Lievens was his pupil in 1617 and Rembrandt in 1624/15.