Helmbreker, Theodore an eminent Dutch painter, was born at Haarlem in 1624, and was instructed in the school of Peter Grebber. On the death of that master he visited Rome, and spent some time in Florence and Naples. He finally settled at Rome, where he executed for the church of the Jesuits a noble landscape, in which is introduced The Temptation of Christ in the Desert. At Naples, in the refectory of the Jesuits' College, are three sacred subjects, most admirably executed: Christ in the Garden; Christ Carrying his Cross; and The Crucifixion. Helmbreker died at Rome in 1694. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.; Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts. s.v.