Jan van Neck

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Jan van Neck
De anatomische les van Dr. Frederick Ruysch.jpg
Anatomical lesson by Dr. Frederik Ruysch.
Jan van Neck

DiedJune 6, 1714(1714-06-06) (aged 79)
Known forPainting

Jan van Neck (1634–1714), was a Dutch Golden Age painter.


He was born in Naarden and became a painter, draftsman, engraver, and interior decorator.[1] According to Houbraken his father was a doctor who apprenticed him to Jacob Adriaensz Backer to learn draftsmanship.[2] He painted historical allegories, portraits, and scenes of naked women bathing. Houbraken liked especially an altarpiece in the Wallonian Catholic church of Amsterdam by his hand. Houbraken wrote that he was a friendly man with many entertaining stories, and he consulted him as a source for his books while he was bedridden. He mentions also that Neck was a great friend of Dirck Ferreris, whose collection of drawings and papierkunst or paper-art (probably paper-cuts) came into his possession on his death.[2]


  1. ^ Jan van Neck in RKD
  2. ^ a b (in Dutch) Johan van Neck biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature