Jan Baptist Weenix


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(b Amsterdam, ?1621; d Huis ter Mey, nr. Utrecht, ?1660/1).

Dutch painter. From 1642/3 to 1646/7 he was in Italy, and on his return to Amsterdam he painted Italianate landscapes close in style to those of Berchem, who is said to have been his cousin. Later he turned mainly to pictures of still life with dead game; he also painted portraits. His son, JanWeenix (b Amsterdam, ?1642; bur. Amsterdam, 19 Sept. 1719), specialized in hunting trophy subjects similar to those of his father; indeed, it is often difficult to tell their work apart. Most of his career was spent in Amsterdam, but from 1702 to 1712 he worked at Düsseldorf for the Elector Palatine. Both artists were prolific (Jan told Houbraken that his father could paint three half-length life-size portraits in a day) and are represented in many public collections.

Subjects: Art.

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