Jacob Xavier Vermoelen

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Still Life of Dead Game with a Dog

Jacob Xavier Vermoelen or Jacob Xaver Vermoelen[1] (c. 1714 - 1784) was a Flemish painter of still lifes and game pieces who was active in Rome.[2]


Vermoelen was born in Antwerp, where he trained under Pieter Snyers. He became a master of the Antwerp Guild of Saint Luke in 1733. Nothing is recorded about his activity in Antwerp. He is recorded as executing a number of paintings in Rome in 1748. In Rome he appears to have enjoyed high patronage as is demonstrated by two still lifes that he made for the renowned art collector Cardinal Silvio Valenti Gonzaga.[3]

He died in Rome.[2]


A Dead Spoonbill

Only about 14 or so of Vermoelen's works are known. These all depict dead birds and are all dated between 1748 and 1755.[3] He was influenced by the Antwerp painter David de Coninck who was known for his game pieces.[2]


  1. ^ Name variations: Jacobus Xaverus Vermoelen, Jacques Xavier Vermoelen, Jacob Xaver Vermolen
  2. ^ a b c Jacob Xaver Vermoelen at the Netherlands Institute for Art History (in Dutch)
  3. ^ a b Jacob Xavier Vermoelen, Dead Birds at the Foot of a Tree and on a rocky Bank at Christie's site

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