Jacob Ferdinand Voet

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Portrait of Maria Mancini.
Portrait of the Duke Orazio Archinto, National Museum, Warsaw.

Jacob Ferdinand Voet (c. 1639 – c. 1689/1700) was a Flemish Baroque portrait painter.


According to the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) he was born at Antwerp as the son of the painter Elias Voet.[1] He travelled to Rome in 1679-1680, Milan in 1680, Florence in 1681, Turin in 1682-1684, and returned to Antwerp in 1684.[1] While in Rome he lived with the painter-engraver Cornelis Bloemaert until he was banned for his portraits of women portrayed with unseemly decolleté, whereupon they left Rome together.[1] He undertook a journey to Paris in 1686 where he became court painter until he died there.[1] He is registered as a painter of miniature portraits.[1]

According to Houbraken, he made his return journey to Antwerp from Turin in the company of Jan van Bunnik, who he had already met in Rome in the company of Cornelis Bloemaert.[2] From Turin they set out for Lyons, where they met Adriaen van der Cabel, Peter van Bloemen, and Gillis Wenix. They set off for Paris in the company of a third painter who was a good painter of "bataljes" or battle scenes. Houbraken reports that this was Jacob, Jan van Bunnik's brother, but had not mentioned him earlier in his Jan van Bunnik biography.[3]

Over Jacob Ferdinand Voet, Houbraken mentions that according to Jan van Bunnik (who was living in Utrecht when Houbraken was writing his book), Voet had drawn a picture in charcoal of all of the Bentvueghels on the white-washed wall of an inn in Rome that was a popular meeting place of that club. The picture was treasured enough to be spared whenever the walls were repainted.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Jacob Ferdinand Voet in the RKD
  2. ^ a b (Dutch) Johan van Bunnik biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  3. ^ The RKD makes no mention of a Jacob van Bunnik.