Origin of the name GEERAARD.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name GEERAARD.
and Flemish form of Old German Gerhard
GEERAARD, born in Antwerp, baptized March 17, 1591, died there March 18,
1651. Flemish school; history and genre painter. Said to
have studied under Hendrik van Balen and Abraham Janssens; master of the
guild in 1609. Really formed himself in Rome, where he was sent by
two rich merchants, Goetbenck, and studied particularly the works of
Caravaggio and Manfredi. For a time employed at the court of
Madrid by Philip III. Returned to Antwerp in 1620. Friend of
Rubens and of Van Dyck, who painted his portrait. (Cyclopedia
of Painters and Paintings, Champlin, v.4, 1913).