Jacob Denys

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The sculptor William Kerricx and his son Willem Ignatius, by Jacob Denys

Jacob Denys (1644–1708) was a Flemish Baroque painter.

Biography[edit]

Denys was born and died in Antwerp. According to Houbraken he went to Rome to study the masters and spent three years copying the works of Raphael and Giulio Romano.[1] His patrons were the Duke of Mantua, Ferdinando Gonzaga, and the Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III de' Medici, who rewarded him with a gold chain.[1] He painted room decorations there and in Mantua with his father, the painter Frans Denys, but when his father died he returned to Antwerp.[1]

According to the RKD he was in Italy from 1666 to 1680. In 1679 he was back in Antwerp where he became a member of the Guild of St. Luke as "winemaster".[2] He remained in Antwerp until 1693, and is registered in Rome in 1702. He is known for portraits and landscapes.[2] He collaborated on a flower garland with Daniel Seghers whereby the centerpiece was by his hand of the holy family.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c (Dutch) Jacob Denys Biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  2. ^ a b c Jacob Denys in the RKD