Brief Biography-An artist of the Dutch Golden Age, Cornelius Bega was a native of Haarlem, and the son of a wealthy goldsmith, Pieter Jansz Begijn. He received his instruction from Adriaen Jansz van Ostade, a master whom he followed incessantly in his works.
His career was a substantial success and his works were considered to be equal to that of the best artists of the Low Countries. He became a member of the Guild of Saint Luke. The artist Jan Steen was a follower of his work.
In later years his pursuit of a dissipated life, despite objections from his father, led him to be disowned by him. The result was he shed his father's name and used the name of Bega. From that time on he signed his work Bega instead of the former Begijn.
The woman he was deeply in love with caught the plague. Against all advice from his doctor and friends he stayed with her until her end, and within a few days he also died of the plague.
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The Young Mother