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Adriaen Backer, married to Elsje Colijn, was a member of the Waterlander Mennonite congregation at Amsterdam. He was a Dutch painter, a pupil of his uncle Jacob Adriaensz Backer. For a time he stayed in Rome (1666); upon his return he introduced the baroque style into Holland by imitating Italian masters. The Rijksmuseum at Amsterdam contained four of his paintings in the 1950s.


Oud-Holland: tijdschrift voor Nederlandse kunstgeschiedenis 43 (1926): 292.

Thieme, Ulrich and Felix Becker.  Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. Unter Mitwirkung von 300 Fachgelehrten des In-und Auslandes, 37 vols.  Leipzig: W. Englemann, 1907-1950.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1955

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. "Backer, Adriaen (1635-1684)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1955. Web. 30 Mar 2015.,_Adriaen_(1635-1684)&oldid=118847.

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1955). Backer, Adriaen (1635-1684). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 March 2015, from,_Adriaen_(1635-1684)&oldid=118847.

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