Jacob Willemsz Delff

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Portrait of the artist and his family, ca. 1590, now at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Jacob Willemszoon Delff the Elder, (c. 1550 in Gouda – 5 May 1601 in Delft)[1] was a portrait painter active in Delft. He is known by a picture of an 'Archery-feast' in the Hotel de Ville at Delft, dated 1592; and by a Reconciliation of Esau and Jacob, in the Belvedere at Vienna, bearing the date 1584. He also painted The Sportsman's Dinner, and a portrait group of his family. His works display good conception and execution, but are somewhat heavy in colouring.

Portrait of a boy aged two, 1581, now at the Rijksmuseum

Jacob Delff had three sons, Cornelis, Rochus, and Willem. Cornelis Jacobsz Delff (Gouda c. 1571-15 August 1643, Delft), was a pupil of his father and of Cornelis van Haarlem, and distinguished himself by very fine pictures of still life. Rochus Delff was a portrait painter, and a pupil of his father.


  1. ^ Delff, Jacob Willemsz. (I) at the Netherlands Institute for Art History]


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

External links[edit]

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