Jan Miense Molenaer

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Self-portrait, 1640
Family making Music, 1635-6.

Jan Miense Molenaer (1610 – buried 19 September 1668),[1] was a Dutch Golden Age genre painter whose style was a precursor to Jan Steen's work during Dutch Golden Age painting.[2] He shared a studio with his wife, Judith Leyster, also a genre painter, as well as a portraitist and painter of still-life. Both Molenaer and Leyster may have been pupils of the successful Dutch painter, Frans Hals.


Molenaer was born and died in Haarlem. He achieved a style close to Hals' early on in his career, but later developed a style like that of Dutch genre painter, Adriaen van Ostade.[3] His genre works often depicted players of music, such as his The Music Makers (Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest), The Duet (Seattle Art Museum), or Family Making Music (Frans Hals Museum). He also depicted Taverns and the activities of card games or games of the times such as La main chaude, or in Dutch, Handjeklap, which literally means clapping hands. Molenaer also cleverly depicted biblical stories in his own time and surroundings, such as representing a scene from Peter's Gospel set in a Dutch Tavern in The Denying of Peter (Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest).[4][5]

Selected works[edit]

Two Boys and a Girl Making Music


  1. ^ "Home Jan Miense Molenaer". Rkd.nl. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  2. ^ "''Grove Dictionary of Art'' at www.artnet.com". Artnet.com. 2014-06-12. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Web Gallery of Art, image collection, virtual museum, searchable database of European fine arts (1000–1900)". Wga.hu. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  4. ^ "Kren and Marx Comments on The Denying of Peter'' in the Web Gallery of Art, www.wga.hu". Wga.hu. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  5. ^ Dennis P. Weller, North Carolina Museum of Art; Cynthia Von Bogendorf Rupprath; Mariët Westermann (2002). Jan Miense Molenaer: Painter of the Dutch Golden Age. Hudson Hills. ISBN 9780882599885. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "NCMA : Collection". Collection.ncartmuseum.org. Retrieved 2016-08-27. 
  7. ^ "Jan Miense Molenaer | Two Boys and a Girl making Music | NG5416 | The National Gallery, London". Nationalgallery.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  8. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20070927230333/http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/SAMcollection/code/emuseum.asp?style=Browse&currentrecord=1&page=search&profile=objects&searchdesc=Molenaer&quicksearch=Molenaer&newvalues=1&newstyle=single&newcurrentrecord=1. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved July 23, 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Jan Miense Molenaer | A Young Man and Woman making Music | NG1293 | The National Gallery, London". Nationalgallery.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  10. ^ "Virginia Museum of Fine Arts | Richmond, Virginia". Vmfa.state.va.us. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ http://collections.currier.org/Obj827$1052
  13. ^ "Giovane fumatore Molenaer Jan Miense 58MR00063 – Accademia Carrara di Bergamo Pinacoteca". Accademia Carrara di Bergamo Pinacoteca. 
  14. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20070927140720/http://www.franshalsmuseum.collectionconnection.nl/FHM/franshals_e.aspx?p=full&iFirst=67&c=ludionwebsite&s=dateOfCreation. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved July 23, 2007.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "Collections | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston". Mfa.org. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 

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