Jan Lievens (1607-1674)

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Lievens painting, Self-Portrait


Lievens painting, The Magdalene Praying

The Magdalene Praying

Jan Lievens was a 17th century Dutch painter. Lievens painted in the Baroque style and initially studied in Amsterdam under Pieter Lastman. Lievens shared a studio with famous Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn in 1626, though he painted on a considerably larger scale than his famous studio partner.

Lievens painting, Portrait of a Young Man

Portrait of a Young Man

Lievens and Rembrandt eventually became rivals, and though it was typical for great painters of the day to study in England , neither one wanted to. Lievens did eventually move to England after he left Rembrandt in 1631. It is said by art historians that Rembrandt copied Lievens work several times, and even signed his name to works that Lievens painted himself.

Lievens painting, The Feast of Esther

The Feast of Esther

While living in England , Lievens painted a number of portraits and was influenced by fellow artist Anthony van Dyck. He returned to the Netherlands and lived in The Hague , Berlin , Antwerp and eventually returned to Amsterdam . He had increasing financial difficulties before his death and as a result, his family received almost nothing of his to absolve his debts.

Lievens painting, Christ and the Centurion

Christ and the Centurion

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