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Lievens [Lievensz.], Jan

Eric Domela Nieuwenhuis

in Oxford Art Online

ISBN: 9780199532940
Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T050989
Lievens [Lievensz.], Jan

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(b Leiden, Oct 24, 1607; d Amsterdam, June 4, 1674).

Dutch painter, draughtsman and printmaker. His work has often suffered by comparison with that of Rembrandt, with whom he was closely associated from 1625 to 1631. Yet Lievens’s early work is equal to that of Rembrandt, although in later years he turned more towards a somewhat facile rendering of the international Baroque style favoured by his noble patrons, thus never fully realizing his early promise. Nonetheless, he became a renowned portrait painter and draughtsman, and his drawings include some of the finest examples of 17th-century Dutch portraiture in the medium.

He was, the son of Lieven Hendricxz. [De Rechte] (bur Leiden, 8 May 1612), an embroiderer, hatmaker and hatseller in Leiden, and his wife, Machteld Jansdr. van Noortsant (bur Leiden, 6 March 1622). According to Orlers, at the age of eight Jan became a pupil of the Leiden painter Joris van Schooten (c. 1587–c....

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