Bol, Ferdinand (fĕrˈdĭnänt bôl) [key], 1616–80, Dutch painter. He studied with Rembrandt in Amsterdam, and his early work (e.g., Elizabeth Bas, Amsterdam) has sometimes been confused with that of his master. His style was modified after 1650 through contact with van der Helst. Thereafter he moved away from a preoccupation with psychological probing and developed lighter tonalities and elegant forms. He is noted mainly for his portraits, a large collection of which is in the Rijksmuseum and the Hermitage.
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