Dutch painter and draughtsman. The son of a Flemish immigrant who was a
calligrapher and fencing-master, Bailly was apprenticed to a local
surgeon-painter and then to Cornelius van der Voort (1576–1624), a portrait
painter in Amsterdam. In the winter of 1608 he started out as a journeyman,
spending a year in Hamburg and then travelling through several German cities
to Venice and Rome. On the return voyage he visited several courts in
Germany, working for local princes, including the Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel.
While no works survive from the immediate period following his return to the
Netherlands in 1613, descriptions in old sale catalogues suggest that he may
have produced history paintings in the manner of his contemporaries Pieter
Lastman and the Pynas brothers.
Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols
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