Jan Victors

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Jan Victors or Fictor (bapt. June 13, 1619 – December 1679) was a Dutch Golden Age painter that focused mainly on painting subjects from the Bible.


Victors was born in Amsterdam. He was known in Haarlem on a taxation catalog in 1722 as a student of Rembrandt van Rijn. Though it is not certain that he worked for Rembrandt, it is clear from his Young girl at a window that he had looked carefully at Rembrandt's paintings. He was only twenty when he painted this scene, and the look of expectation on the girl's face shows a remarkable study of character.[1] Like many painters in Amsterdam after the rampjaar of 1672, he fell onto bad times and took a position as ziekentrooster, a combi-job as professional nurse and cleric, with the Dutch East India Company in 1676. He died soon after arrival in Indonesia, then the Dutch East Indies.[2]

He was a conscientious member of the Reformed Church, and for this reason he avoided creating art which depicts Christ, angels, or nudity.[3]


  1. ^ Hollandse Schilderijen uit Franse musea,1971, publication Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
  2. ^ RKD Recordnummer: 80890, RKD artists
  3. ^ Benedict, Philip (1999). "Calvinism as a Culture?". In Finney, Paul Colby. Seeing Beyond the Word. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. p. 37. ISBN 9780802838605. 

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