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 Jan Dirksz Both

 

 

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Jan Dirksz Both (between 1610 and 1618 - August 9, 1652) Jan Both was a Dutch painter, draughtsman, and etcher, who made an important contribution to the development of Dutch Italianate landscape painting.

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. 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.
 

 


Italianate Landscape with travellers
Date 1646(1646)

 

 


Italian Landscape with Draughtsman
c. 1650
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

 

 


Italian landscape.
1645

 

 


Italian Landscape with Ruined Tower
c. 1640
Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna

 

 


Ruins at the Sea
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

 

 


Susanna and the Elders
1642

 

 


Road by a Lake
1640
Dulwich College (London, United Kingdom)

 

 


Italian landscape.
1645

 

 


Italian Landscape with Roman Warriors
c. 1650
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

 

 


Landscape with a Peasant Woman on a Mule
1645
Musee du Louvre, Paris

 

 


El Jardin Aldobrandini en Frascati

 

 


Paisaje con jinetes

 

 


Salida al campo

 

 


Una cascada

 

 


Bautizo del eunuco de la reina Candace

 

 


Landscape

 

 


Italienische Gebirgslandschaft mit rastenden Hirten

 

 


Large vase of flowers

 
 

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