Thickly painted highlights create uneven surfaces that tend to reflect light, making those elements appear closer to the viewer.
Quite often Kunstkamer paintings present images of existing paintings by popular contemporary artists, such as Rubens (1577–1640), David Teniers (1610–1690), Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641) etc.
The genre of Kunstkamer painting was developed in the first decade of the seventeenth century in Antwerp and within the following decade emerged into a specialty of Frans Francken the Younger (1587–1642), Jan Brueghel (1568–1625), Willem van Haecht (1593–1637) etc.
After submitting a masterpiece, a journeymen could be accepted as a master himself, open his own studio, and take on students.
Many, however, continued to work in the shops of other artists.
Traveling from town to town, journeymen would have gained experience in other workshops.