Caesar Boëtius van Everdingen (1616-1678) was born in Alkmaar. He joined Alkmaar’s St Luke's Guild at a remarkably young age in 1632. From 1641 to 1643 he was living in Amersfoort where he worked under the painter and architect Jacob van Campen. In 1648, Van Everdingen moved to Haarlem. He was commissioned by Van Campen to complete two paintings for the Orange hall of the stadholder palace of Huis ten Bosch. In the 1650s, Van Everdingen specialised increasingly in history paintings which he painted in the classical style. In addition to these elevated historical scenes, Van Everdingen also painted genre pieces. By then an affluent man, Van Everdingen returned to Alkmaar in 1657, where he died in 1671. Van Everdingen's younger brother, Allart, was also a painter, mainly known for his landscapes.