Pieter Isaacsz

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Procession of angry women in Rome after being told by the young Papirus that the Senate decided each man could marry twice., 1604

Pieter Isaacsz (1569, Helsingør – September 14, 1625, Amsterdam), was a Danish-born Dutch Golden Age painter.


According to Flemish art historian Karel van Mander, Pieter Isaacsz spent a year and a half in Amsterdam, learning to paint under the instruction of Cornelis Ketel. Isaacz would later study under Hans von Aachen.[1]

Pieter Isaacsz' father was from Haarlem, Netherlands. Van Mander claimed the father still lived in Amsterdam, and went on to describe several portraits by him which he particularly admired, including a half-length portrait of Sara Schurmans playing a citar. His most popular piece was an oil-on-copper painting with a procession of angry women in Rome on hearing that the Senate had decided in favor of polygamy for men.[1]

Later in his life Pieter Isaacsz became the teacher of Adriaen van Nieulandt, according to Dutch art historian Arnold Houbraken (who mistakenly called Isaacz "Pieter Fransz").[2] According to the RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History), Isaacsz travelled back and forth to Denmark several times, which is possibly where he later died.[3]


He was the subject of an exhibition at Frederiksborg Palace in 2007 as the man behind the collection's most famous portraits. According to CODART [nl] he was court painter of the Danish king Christian IV who became a spy in Swedish service and died of the plague in Elsinore.[4]

Public collections[edit]


  1. ^ a b (in Dutch) Hans van Aken, uytnemende Schilder van Cuelen in Karel van Mander's Schilderboeck, 1604, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Pieter Fransz in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  3. ^ "Explore Pieter Isaacsz". rkd.nl.
  4. ^ "Pieter Isaacsz: hofmaler og spion". www.codart.nl. Archived from the original on 2015-09-12. Retrieved 2010-12-23.

External links[edit]

Media related to Pieter Isaacsz at Wikimedia Commons