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Fyt, Jan

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.B00069380
Fyt, Jan

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Flemish School, 17th century, male.

Born 1611, in Antwerp; died 11 September 1661, in Antwerp.

Painter, draughtsman, engraver. Hunting scenes, animals, dogs, still-lifes.

Fyt entered the studio of Jan van Berch in 1621, at the age of 12, and later became a pupil of the Flemish painter Frans Snyders. In 1629, at the age of 20, he was incorporated as a master of the Guild of St Luke in Antwerp. He is known to have left for Italy shortly afterwards, although the date and duration of the trip are uncertain; in 1650 he became a member of the Guild of Romanists, composed exclusively of artists who had travelled to Italy. His first collection of etchings features a title-page and dedication in Italian, dated 1640, beneath an emblem comprising two greyhounds; the other works in the collection are dated 1642. Fyt had clearly returned from Italy by 1645, the date of a painting incorporating figures by Jordaens, executed for the fraternity of archers. The animals in the picture have sometimes been attributed to Rubens, although the latter died in 1640, when Fyt was almost certainly in Italy. Fyt's collaborators were, however, pupils of Rubens, including Jordaens and, most notably, Thomas Willeboirts Bosschaert, with whom he painted ...

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Subjects: Painting ; Prints and Printmaking ; Renaissance Art

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