Adam Colonia

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Village fire by night, ca. 1660, by Colonia after Egbert van der Poel

Adam Colonia (12 August 1634 – September 1685) was a Dutch Golden Age painter active in London.


Colonia was born in Rotterdam. According to the RKD he was the son of Isaac Colonia, though coming from a painting family and running an art dealership in Rotterdam, may not have been his primary teacher.[1] His work was influenced by Jan Daemen Cool and Egbert van der Poel, either of whom may have been his teacher.[1] He married in Rotterdam in 1661 and travelled to London in 1670, where he stayed until his death.[1] He is known for Italianate landscapes and religious works.[1]

He sometimes painted landscapes and figures in the manner of Berchem. In the Copenhagen Museum there is a picture by him of 'Noah building the Ark'; and the Lille Museum has 'The Angel appearing to the Shepherds' attributed to him.


  1. ^ a b c d Adam Colonia in the RKD



  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBryan, Michael (1886). "Colonia, Adam". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.