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  • Jan Both

    Jan Dirksz Both was a Dutch painter, draughtsman, and etcher, who made an important contribution to the development of Dutch Italianate landscape painting. Wikipedia
    Born: 1610, Utrecht, Netherlands
    Died: August 9, 1652, Utrecht, Netherlands
    Periods: Baroque, Dutch Golden Age
    Both was born in Utrecht, and was the brother of Andries Both. According to Houbraken, the brothers first learned to paint from their father, who was a glass-painter or glazier there. Later Jan was a pupil of Abraham Bloemaert and still later the brothers traveled together to Rome via France.[1] Gerrit van Honthorst has also been suggested as a teacher.

    By 1638 Jan and his brother Andries were in Rome where Andries concentrated on genre works in the manner of Pieter van Laer, while Jan concentrated on landscapes in the manner of Claude Lorrain.In 1639 Jan collaborated with Herman van Swanevelt and Claude Lorrain on a project for the Buen Retiro Palace in Madrid. Certainly by 1646 Jan had returned to Utrecht, where he refined further his expansive, imaginary landscapes drenched with a Mediterranean golden light. In Landscape with Bandits Leading Prisoners (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) the sandy road makes a sweeping diagonal from the left. Touches of realism in the down-to-earth figures and detailed vegetation of the foreground contrast with the idyllic golden distance. Occasionally Both peoples his landscapes with religious or mythological figures as in Judgement of Paris (London, National Gallery) where the figures were painted by a fellow Utrecht artist, Cornelis van Poelenburch. Jan's brother Andries (c.1612–41), who specialised in peasant scenes, died in Venice as they were returning to Utrecht. Both brothers are registered as Bentvueghels, but their nicknames are not known. Jan's pupils were Barend Bispinck, Willem de Heusch, and Hendrick Verschuring.Jan Both died in his native city of Utrecht.

    More Jan Both Paintings

     

    Landscape with a Tower and Two Figures

    Landscape with a Tower and Two Figures

    View of the Ripa Grande, Rome

    View of the Ripa Grande, Rome

    Italian Landscape

    Italian Landscape

    Italian Landscape with Muleteers

    Italian Landscape with Muleteers

    Landscape

    Landscape

    Landscape near Rome

    Landscape near Rome

    Baptism of the Eunuch of Queen Candace

    Baptism of the Eunuch of Queen Candace

    Italian Landscape with Roman Warriors

    Italian Landscape with Roman Warriors

    A Mountain Path

    A Mountain Path

    Italian Landscape with Monte Socrate

    Italian Landscape with Monte Socrate

    An Italianate Evening Landscape

    An Italianate Evening Landscape

    Italian Coast Scene

    Italian Coast Scene

    A Peasant Driving a Laden Mule

    A Peasant Driving a Laden Mule

    Italianate Landscape with an Artist Sketching from Nature

    Italianate Landscape with an Artist Sketching from Nature

    Peasants with Mules and Oxen on a Track near a River

    Peasants with Mules and Oxen on a Track near a River

    A View on the Tiber, near the Ripa Grande, Rome

    A View on the Tiber, near the Ripa Grande, Rome

    Italian Landscape with Draughtsman

    Italian Landscape with Draughtsman

    Road by the Edge of a Lake

    Road by the Edge of a Lake

    Landscape with a Peasant Woman on a Mule

    Landscape with a Peasant Woman on a Mule

    Landscape

    Landscape

    Landscape with Figures

    Landscape with Figures

    Susanna and the Elders

    Susanna and the Elders

    A Rocky Italian Landscape with Herdsmen and Muleteers

    A Rocky Italian Landscape with Herdsmen and Muleteers

    Ruins at the Sea

    Ruins at the Sea