Van Thulden was born in Bois-le-Duc in the Netherlands and was taught the craft of painting by a portrait artist in Antwerp. He was a pupil and later became a collaborator of Peter Paul Rubens. In 1926 he became a teacher in the Antwerp's Painters Guild and eventually he was dean of this fine institution. He was influenced greatly by the mannerist movement that he witnessed first-hand on a trip to France from 1631 to 1633. Among other collectors of Van Thuldens work is the Jean Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles California who house the oil on canvas "Athena and Pegasus" dated 1644.