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One of the early Dutch painters is Cornelis Engebrechtsz. He was born in Leiden and died there. He was considered the first important painter to emerge from Leiden. He taught Lucas van leyden and Aertgen van leyden, and his paintings are considered among the earliest Dutch paintings. His works are very difficult to reproduce. You can still see some of his best work, although there aren't many good copies of his works.

The first known painting by Engebrechtsz. dates back to 1482, when he was working at the Antwerp cathedral. His first works are mostly frescoes, and he was very active in the archaic religious genre. In 1493, he became an apprentice at Hieronymusdal priory, also known as Lopsen. The following year, he began studying under Rogier van der Weyden, who taught him all about painting and illustrating.

Besides his landscapes, Engebrechtsz also painted Biblical themes. He also created a series of triptychs and was commissioned to paint these for the Marienpoel convent in Leiden. These can now be seen at the Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden. The most notable of his works are the paintings "Christ Taking Leave of His Mother" and 'The Madonna with the Children's Nursery'.

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