Jan van Bijlert

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Jan van Bijlert
Portrait de Jan Van Bijlert.jpg
Jean Bylert,engraving by Pieter de Bailliu after a self-portrait 1649, published in Het Gulden Cabinet p 117
Born Jan Van Bijlert
Died 1671 (aged 73–74)
Known for Painting
Movement Baroque
At the procuress, National Museum in Warsaw.

Jan Hermansz van Bijlert (1597 or 1598 – November 1671) was a Dutch portrait painter in the style of Caravaggio.


Jan van Bijlert was born at Utrecht, the son of a the stained glass worker Herman Beernts van Bijlert, and became a student of Abraham Bloemaert.[1] He moved to Amsterdam, where he married in 1625.[1] He travelled in France and Italy on a Grand Tour. In Rome in 1621 he became a founding member of the painters' circle known as the Bentvueghels with the nickname "Aeneas" along with Cornelis van Poelenburch and Willem Molijn.[1] In 1625 he was back in Utrecht, where after he married, he became a member of the schutterij and in 1630 became a member of the Utrecht Guild of St. Luke and the Reformed church.[1] During the years 1632-1637 he was active as deacon of the guild, and in 1634 he was appointed regent of the Sint-Jobsgasthuis. In 1639 he helped form a painter's school, the "Schilders-College", where he served as regent. He died in Utrecht.

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  1. ^ a b c d Jan van Bijlert in the RKD

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