Isaac de Jouderville

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Young women with book by candlelight
Man in an Oriental Costume

Isaac de Jouderville (1612, Leiden – 1645, Amsterdam), was a Dutch Golden Age painter who was a pupil of Rembrandt.


De Jouderville was an orphan whose parents had come from Metz. He became a pupil of Rembrandt in November 1629 and travelled with him to Amsterdam in 1631.[1] Documents concerning his apprenticeship drawn up by his guardians still exist.

He was back in Leiden to marry Maria le Febure (1619-1653) in 1636, and moved to Deventer in 1641.[1] He lived in Deventer for a few years only; in 1643 he was back in Amsterdam, where he died young in 1645.[1] His widow Maria married the glassmaker Pieter de Melder in 1648 and his daughter Mariecke, later married the painter Frederik de Moucheron.[1]

After Maria le Febure died, her second husband claimed he was unable to support his wife's three children by her first husband, along with his own two children, though he offered to raise Jacob Jouderville to the age of 18.[2] By that time De Melder was acting as art dealer, and the liquidation of his wife's goods shows an interesting list of artists who were either owed by her estate or owed money to her estate (f=guilders; st.=pieces):

Owers to the estate[edit]

Owed by the estate[edit]

  • Jacob Coningh 14 f. 15 st.
  • Kamphuijsen, painter, 14 f. 5 st.
  • the assistant van Camphuijsen 11 f. 8 st.
  • Mr. Schendel 5 f. 11 st..
  • Jannetje living in Dordrecht must receive for speldewerck (needlework) bought from her 270 f. 19 st.
  • Agnietje van Dalm ibid 159 f. 11 st.
  • Johannes Boot, as stated above, 269 f.
  • Teunis Teunisz. van Bronckhorst must receive for delivered frames 28 f. 1 st.
  • Philips Wouwerman, painter, must receive 64 f.
  • Job Bercheyden, painter, must receive [left blank].

Isaac de Jouderville's painting Man in Oriental Costume was featured in the fourth episode of the BBC TV programme, Fake or Fortune?.[3] This painting was part of the stock of dealer's Jakob and Rosa Oppenheimer that was seized by the Nazis and sold in 1935.[3] It resurfaced at a Cape Town auction house.[3]

Jouderville is known today for portraits and historical allegories.[1] Examples of his work can be found in many galleries, including the Sinebrychoff Art Museum in Helsinki,Finland.There is painting by this Dutch Master in the Denver Art Museum("Minerva in Her Study").