Jacob Vosmaer

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Still-Life of Flowers with a Fritillary in a Stone Niche

Jacob Vosmaer (1574, Delft – 1641, Delft), was a Dutch Golden Age painter.


According to Houbraken he was born in Delft as a descendant of an old line of Vosmeers.[1] He started his career as a landscape specialist, but switched to flowers, which brought him more success.[1] He visited Italy as a young man and returned to Delft in 1608 at the age of 24, where he remained and became a respected citizen, and major in the schutterij.[1] He died in Delft in 1641.[1]

According to the RKD he was the son of the Delft gold- and silversmith Wouter Vosmaer, and the brother of the silversmith Arent Woutersz Vosmaer.[2] He became a member of the Delft Guild of St. Luke before 1613, where he was a pupil of Jacob de Gheyn II.[2] He later taught his nephews Daniel Vosmaer and Abraham Vosmeer, and the Dane Jakob Mogensen or Ebbe Ulfeldt.[2] He was the uncle of Christiaen van Couwenbergh.[2] No known landscapes by his hand survive.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d (Dutch) Jacob Vosmaer Biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  2. ^ a b c d e Jacob Vosmaer in the RKD

External links[edit]

  • Vermeer and The Delft School, a full text exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which contains material on Jacob Vosmaer