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Jan Boeckhorst - Dutch Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Jan Boeckhorst (1604 - 1668)

Born in either Germany or Belgium in 1604, very few of Jan Boeckhorst’s paintings are known. At the age of 24, he moved to Antwerp and studied under Peter Paul Rubens and collaborated with Frans Snyders and Jan Wildens. Other Baroque Flemish artists, Jacob Jordaens and Anthony van Dyck, also influenced his work. After Rubens’s death in 1640, Boeckhorst completed his unfinished works. In addition to receiving a number of commissions in the 1630’s, he traveled throughout Italy that year. Upon his return, he created altarpieces and designed tapestries and prints. Boeckhorst also completed many historical, religious, and mythological paintings for independent buyers. He had a close relationship with Rubens's studio, finishing paintings designed by that master as well as assisting with large series such as the joyous entry of Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand in 1635 and the Torre de la Parada. In the 1650s and 1660s Boeckhorst painted altarpieces for churches throughout Flanders and designed cartoons for tapestries. The expressiveness of Van Dyck's figures and use of colors, such as in Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes (Munich, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen), is also noticeable in works from this period.

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