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Joachim Wtewael was an influential Dutch Mannerist painter and draughtsman in the eighteenth century. He also became a successful flax merchant and was elected as a town councillor in Utrecht. He is best known for his paintings of animals. His earliest works are highly decorative and often depict animals. 

The artist's work is a good example of Dutch Mannerism. The style, which was influenced by the Gothic and Baroque styles of painting, is a common conceit in Renaissance art. Many artists of this period produced similar works, and they are also often categorized as such. For instance, a portrait by Wtewael is an example of a still life with a figure in a seated position, which is typical of this style.

Wtewael's style is highly stylized and reminiscent of the renaissance. His self-portrait shows a sinful girl plying her father with food. The girls' alabaster flesh and long necks distinguish the portrait from the other paintings in the series. His family's coat of arms is also included, as is a bare-chested goat-footed satyr.

In Italy, Wtewael met his cousin Ernst (III) van Schayck, an important artist of large altar-pieces. He followed him back to the Netherlands, spending two years in France. He returned to Utrecht in 1592. He spent a few months in Rome, but his main goal was to visit the French court. In Utrecht, Wtewael devoted his entire career to painting portraits.

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