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Bril, Paul, born in 1556, at Antwerp, accompanied as a boy his brother Matthew to Rome, where the latter was employed in the mural decorations of the Vatican. Paul took up this task on his brother's death, and was employed constantly by Sixtus V. and the next two popes. He excelled in landscapes with figures, possessing an admirable eye for broad effects, but was inclined to excessive softness of touch and too free a use of green. Tobias and the Angel, The Wayfarers to Emmaus, and Syrinx transformed to a Reed are some of his most famous works in oil. He died in 1626.