Jan Hackaert

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Jan Hackaert
Jan Hackert - landscape.JPG
Landscape with Lake Zurich.
Born Jan Hackaert
(1628-02-01)February 1, 1628
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died 1685 (aged 56–57)
Nationality Netherlands
Known for Landscape painting
Movement Baroque

Jan Hackaert (1628–1685) was a Dutch Golden Age painter.


He travelled in Germany and Switzerland, and painted and sketched mostly landscapes.[1] He would sketch miners at work in the mountains, and on more than one occasion this caused him trouble because the workers couldn't understand what he was doing. They felt he was either a spy or hexing them and made a complaint.[2] Because Italianate landscapes were so fashionable, his Lake Zurich was mistaken for an Italian lake for years.

He painted the landscape backgrounds for other painters, such as Nicolas Berchem[3] and Adriaen van de Velde.[4]


  1. ^ Jan Hackaert in RKD
  2. ^ (Dutch) Jan Hakkert biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  3. ^ Jan Hackaert at the National Gallery
  4. ^ Jan Hackaert at museum Bredius.