According to Houbraken Jan and Jacob Pynas were good at landscapes and figures, but Jan was better than Jacob. Jan travelled to Italy in 1605 with Pieter Lastman where they spent several years practising art after the great Italian masters.
According to the RKD he was the brother of Jacob and he made two trips to Italy in 1605 and 1617 and it is not certain his brother accompanied him. In Rome he was friends with Adam Elsheimer, Pieter Lastman, and Jacob Ernst Thomann von Hagelstein. Jan's sister Meynsge married the artist Jan Tengnagel in 1611. He became the teacher of Bartholomeus Breenberg and Steven van Goor.
The works of the Pynas brothers are close in style to the painter Adam Elsheimer, and there has been a history of mis-attribution between the three, where both of the Pynas brothers are known to have signed their works "J. Pynas."
- 1605 - Raising of Lazarus, (Aschaffenburg)
- 1610 - Moses Turning Water into Blood, (Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam)
- 1613 - Dismissal of Hagar, (Suermondt-Ludwig Museum, Aachen)
- 1618 - Jacob Being Shown Joseph’s Bloodstained Robe (Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg)
- 1618 - Joseph Selling Corn in Egypt, (London)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jan Pynas.|
- (Dutch) Jan en Jacob Pinas Biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
- Jan Symonsz. Pynas in the RKD
- Kren and Marx, Comments on Landscape with Mercury and Battus at the Web Gallery of Art