Little documentary evidence survives for the life of Peter Stevens, although a group of Roman views dated to 1590–91 suggest that he visited Italy as a young man. By April 1594 he was in Prague, where he was appointed court painter to the Emperor Rudolf II, with a salary of 8 guilders per month, and it is likely that he became acquainted with Roelandt Savery during the latter’s stay at Rudolf’s court in 1603–4. After Rudolf’s death in 1612, Stevens entered the service of his successor Karl von Liechtenstein and is documented in Prague until 1624.
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