Melchior d'Hondecoeter was a 17th-century Dutch painter who specialized in birds. He died exactly 313 years ago on this date, at the age of 61. So let's take a look at Melchior d'Hondecoeter's life and his 1683 painting, "Peacocks."
1. Like many artists, Melchior d'Hondecoeter was born into a family of other talented artists. Both his father, Gijsbert, and his grandfather, Gillis, were also established painters specializing in birds. Melchior initially studied under his father but, upon his father's... READ ON