(b ?Hamburg; d Stockholm, 1629). Dutch painter and wax-modeller. He may have been the son of the Hamburg engraver Peter van der Doort (fl c. 1590–1600) and the brother of the wax-modeller and drawing-master abraham van der Doort and the painter Isaak van der Doort. Jacob had his workshop in Hamburg and worked as a portrait painter at the royal and ducal courts of northern Europe, where he produced miniatures and large-scale portraits in the courtly style then generally used for royal portraits and characterized by the static pose of the sitter and the use of strong colour contrasts, mainly between red, black, white and gold. In 1610 van Doort was staying in Copenhagen, where he made miniature portraits of King Christian IV, his wife Anne Catherine of Brandenburg (d 1612) and their son Christian (all Copenhagen, Rosenborg Palace). On the eve of the war against Sweden (1611) he painted a full-length portrait of Christian IV in Armour (Copenhagen, Amalienborg). He also portrayed members of the Danish aristocracy (e.g. Christian Ericksen and Sophie Krabbé, Hillerød, Frederiksborg Castle), and such commissions frequently took him to neighbouring courts: in 1620–21 (and later in 1627–8) he was in Gottorp at the court of Schleswig-Holstein and in 1626 in Nykøbing at the court of Christian IV's mother, Sophie of Mecklenburg. In 1623–4 and 1626 he was in Copenhagen again, where he painted a number of portraits of Christian IV's second wife, Kirsten Munk, including one (1623, Hillerød, Frederiksborg Castle) signed IvD. After 1626 he worked mainly for the Swedish king Gus-tav II Adolph (reg 1611–32) in Stockholm, where he died.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.