Dutch painters – Jan Havicksz. Steen

  Self portrait Jan Havicksz. Steen was born in Leiden in 1626 and died in Leiden on January 1rst 1679. Painter.   Idlers He was educated at a Latin school and enrolled at Leiden University, but never graduated. He is said to have been an apprentice of Nicolaus Knupfer, Adriaen van Ostade and Jan van Goyen. […]

Amsterdam’s painters – Gerrit Dou

Gerrit Dou was born in Leiden on April 7th 1613 and died in Leiden on February 9th 1675. Painter   Self portrait, around 1631 To begin with Dou was an apprentice of his father, who was a glass painter. After that he was an apprentice of the glass painter Pieter Couwenhorn. Then he was Rembrandts […]

Amsterdams painters – Jan Lievens and Adriaen van Ostade

  A self portrait Jan Lievens was born in Leiden on October 24th 1607 and died in Amsterdam on July 4th 1674. Painter. He became an apprentice when he was eight years old and went to be an apprentice of Pieter Lastman in Amsterdam, when he was ten. There he worked together with Rembrandt.   The […]

Amsterdam’s painters – Rembrandt van Rijn, part 1

Rembrandt van Rijn was born in Leiden on July 15th 1606 and died in Amsterdam on October 4th 1669 While Amsterdam’s wealth grew in the 17th century, its cultural activities grew to unprecedented heights. Painters were attracted from far away by the possibility of getting paid well for their work, by the thriving market and […]

Amsterdam’s painters – van der Ast, van Goyen and Saenredam

Balthasar van der Ast was born in Middelburg around 1593 and died in Delft in December 1657. Painted still life with flowers.      Jan van Goyen was born in Leiden on January 13th 1596 and died in Den Haag on April 27th 1656. Painter.     Pieter Jansz Saenredam was born in Assendelft in 1597 […]