|Original Artist||Andries Both|
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(1612 Utrecht, The Netherlands - 1641 Venice, Italy)
Andries Both is one of the bamboccianti, and brother of Jan Dirksz Both. He was the son of a glass painter, and studied under Abraham Bloemaert.
According to Joachim von Sandrart, Andries and his brother Jan cooperated on the paintings, with Jan painting the landscapes and Andries the figures. The brothers traveled to Italy twice, in 1635 and again in 1639, remaining there to view art and study with local masters. Andries met his death in Venice, drowning in a canal as he was returning from some festivities, whether a suicide or in a drunken stupor, it is not known.
His work is noted for its humorous and outrageous quality, mixed with objectivity and harsh reality, depicting the seamier side of Italian life with broad strokes. The style, known as Bambocciata, after the nickname of its originator, Pieter van Laer, known as il bamboccio, "the toddler" because of his physical deformities, depicted scenes of the low life, often grotesque and shocking to the aristocracy, used to a more idealized style of art.
Both brothers were followers of Laer, with whom they studied in Rome.