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Bol was born in Doldrecht in 1616, as the son of a surgeon. He served at first as an apprentice under Jacob Cyup in Utrecht. He was a student at the studio of Rembrandt in 1635 where he received thorough coaching. He started his own studio in 1641.

Bol was made a “burgher” of Amsterdam and in 1653 married Elisabeth Dell. Her father was a great figure in the Admiralty of Amsterdam. He was a prominent in the wine merchants’ guild. Both these institutions gave commissions to this young artist later on. By 1655 Bol became the head of the guild. He was asked to deliver two chimney pieces to the town hall designed by John Van Campen and four more for the Admiralty of Amsterdam.

Bol’s popularity had increased by this time. He had a lighter palette and he showed greater elegance. In the next five years he received more official commissions in Amsterdam than any other artist. His pupil was Godfrey Kneller. Bol did four paintings for the two mansions of the Trip brothers, who were also from Doldrecht.

Bol’s first wife died in 1660. He remarried in 1669
Anna Van Arckel, widow of the Treasurer of the Admiralty and then retired from painting.

In 1672 the couple shifted to Keizergracht 472,
Which at that time was a newly developed part of the city. Now it is the Museum Van Loon. Bol also served as governor in a “home for lepers”. Bol’s death followed his wife’s on Herengracht, where his lawyer son lived. His best known work is the portrait of Elisabeth Bas, the wife of the naval officer Joachim Swartenhondt and an innkeeper near the DAM square. These and several of his paintings would be wrongly called REMBRANDT’s works in the 19th century.

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