Johannes van Bronckhorst

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Johannes van Bronckhorst
Bronckhorst An Assembly of Exotic Birds, including Flamingoes, Parrots and a Lady Amherst Pheasant.jpg
An Assembly of Exotic Birds
Born Johannes Pietersz
1648
Leiden
Died 1727 (aged 78–79)
Hoorn
Nationality Dutch
Known for Painting

Johannes van Bronckhorst (1648–1727) was a Dutch Golden Age painter.

Life[edit]

According to Houbraken, he learned to paint from his father Pieter van Bronckhorst, who died when he was thirteen. The young Bronckhorst was sent to work as a pastry baker for a cousin in Haarlem. He drew as a hobby, and it remained a hobby until he moved back to Hoorn to get married.

Work[edit]

He specialized in painting plants, birds, and insects. Although he remained a pastry baker, he did very well with his watercolours, which were published in engravings and commemorated with a poem by Johannes Vollenhove.[1]

His pupils were Hendrik Graauw and Herman Henstenburgh.[2] Both Bronckhorst and Herman Henstenburgh worked for the Mennonite art collector and horticulturalist Agnes Block for whom they painted animals, insects and plants from her garden.

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Dutch) Johannes Bronkhorst biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  2. ^ RKD entry on Johannes van Bronckhorst

External links[edit]

Media related to Johannes Bronckhorst at Wikimedia Commons