Jacob van Swanenburgh

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Aeneas and Sibilla in the underworld (ca. 1625), National Museum in Gdańsk

Jacob van Swanenburg (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjaːkɔp fɑn ˈsʋaːnə(m)bʏrx]) (1571 in Leiden – 1638 in Leiden), was a Dutch Golden Age painter. He was the oldest of the three sons of Isaac van Swanenburg and a master of the young Rembrandt.


According to Houbraken, Swanenburg learned to paint from his father, who had been a pupil of Frans Floris.[1]

According to Houbraken and the Netherlands Institute for Art History, Swanenburg left for Venice ca. in 1591, was in Naples for ten years from 1605 to 1615 and married there.[2] He returned to Leiden without his family, and then two years later in 1617 made another trip back to Naples to move his household definitely back to Leiden, where he became a successful painter.[1][2] He is registered as a master of the young Rembrandt in 1620 and died in 1638 while on a trip to Utrecht.[2]


  1. ^ a b (Dutch) Jacob van Swanenburg 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 van Swanenburg in the RKD