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Origin of the name GEERAARD.
Etymology of the name GEERAARD.
Meaning of the baby name GEERAARD.


GEERAARD.  Dutch and Flemish form of Old German Gerhard (q.v.), meaning "firm spear."

    ZEGERS (Seghers), 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).


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