A Flemish painter of martial and historical scenes, Adam Frans van der Meulen became an apprentice to Peter Snayers, who transmitted to him the transparent and light technique of the School of Rubens and Sebastian Vrancx. From around 1664, he lived in Paris, where he became painter at the court of Lοuis XIV, accompanying the king in all his travels and expeditions and portraying the historical events of his reign. He collaborated with Charles Le Brun – whose niece he got married to in his second marriage – making tapestry designs for the Gobellins factory. In 1673, he became member of the Academy. His work provides a historical account of contemporary events, city views, landscapes, buildings, and costumes.