A Card Game in a Courtyard
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Maerten Stoop ( Rotterdam 1620 - Utrecht 1647 )
Sometimes identified as the brother of Dirck Stoop (c. 1618-1681), Maerten painted battle pictures and suggestive conversation scenes. He is often linked with Nicolaes Knupfer (1603-1655) on stylistic grounds; the two were contemporaries in their studies at the artist's guild in Utrecht.