Jan van Alen, a Dutch painter, was born at Amsterdam in 1651. He was an imitator of Melchior Hondekoeter, and his pictures, like those of that master, represent fowls, landscapes, and still-life. Though inferior to Hondekoeter, he painted those objects with great fidelity. He also imitated other masters of the period with so much success that his copies have often passed for originals. He died in 1698.