Jan Philips van Thielen

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Jan Philips van Thielen
Jan Philips van Thielen - gulden cabinet.png
Jan Philips van Thielen in Het Gulden Cabinet p 345
Born Jan Philips van Thielen
Died 1667 (aged 48–49)
Nationality Flemish
Known for Painting
Movement Baroque

Jan Philips van Thielen (1618 in MechelenBooischot, 1667) was a Flemish Baroque painter who specialized in flowers.

Early life[edit]

A Vase of Flowers, ca.1660, Fitzwilliam Museum

Van Thielen was the son of a minor nobleman and eventually assumed the title of Lord of Couwenberch. In 1631 or 1632 he began studying at the age of thirteen with his brother-in-law, the history painter Theodoor Rombouts who had married Jan Philip's sister Anna in 1627.[1] In 1641 he began studying with the flower painter Daniel Seghers.[1] According to Houbraken (who was quoting Cornelis de Bie), his reputation during his lifetime was such that he received patronage from the Spanish crown, and his three daughters Maria, Anna (Wikidata/Reasonator), and Francisca continued the family tradition, all three of them still painting daily in 1660.[2]


Van Thielen was made a master of the Guild of Saint Luke in Mechelen in 1660. He produced several dozen paintings in collaboration with other artists, by painting floral garlands around their portraits or other images. His collaborators include his brother-in-law Erasmus Quellinus II (who drew his portrait that was engraved by Richard Collin for Het Gulden Cabinet), Nicolas de Largilliere, Frans Francken the Younger, Cornelis Schut and Cornelis van Poelenburch. His paintings are generally signed: I. P. Van Thielen Rigouldts (after his mother) in the 1640s, I. P. Van Thielen after 1650, and I. P. Van Thielen Heere Van CouwenBerche on later works in the 1660s, after he had assumed the title of Lord of Couwenberch.

Three of Van Thielen’s daughters became flower painters: Anna-Maria (b 1641), Francisca-Catherina (b 1645) and Maria Theresa van Thielen (1640–1706).


The Ashmolean Museum (University of Oxford), the Fitzwilliam Museum (University of Cambridge), the Honolulu Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.) and the Pinacoteca di Brera (Milan) are among the public collections holding paintings by Jan Philips van Thielen.


  1. ^ a b Jan Philip van Thielen in the RKD
  2. ^ (Dutch) Jan Philip van Thielen biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature

External links and further reading[edit]

  • ArtCyclopedia
  • Wheelock, Arthur K, "Flemish Paintings of the Seventeenth Century", National Gallery of Art, Wahinngton, 2005