Jan Dirksz Both

c1618-1652 Holland/Italy-Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Jan Dirksz Both was from Utrecht Holland. His specialty was Italianate landscape painting. His older brother Andries was a successful artist who along with Jan studied under Abraham Bloemaert. The two brothers went to Rome where Jan came under the influence of Claude Lorrain and Andries specialized more on genre scenes. They became members of the Bentvueghels in Rome. Jan worked with Lorrain on a commission for the Buen Retiro Palace in Madrid. It was said his colouring obtained him the distinction of being called Both of Italy. Andries died in Venice and Jan returned to Utrecht where he spent the remainder of his life.
In an account by the Rev. M. Pilkington Vicar of Donabate and Portraine, in the Diocese of Dublin 1701-1784, it was 'Andrew' who returned to Utrecht and 'John' was drowned in a canal in Venice. He states the first account was by Sandrart and the latter was agreed by other writers of the time.

 

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Landscape with
Travelers

An Italianate Landscape with Travelers on a Path

Italian Landscape
with Draughtsman

Italian Landscape with Draughtsman

Italian
Landscape

Italian Landscape

Landscape with
Mule Driver

Italian Landscape with Mule Driver

Landscape with
Roman Warriors

Italian Landscape with Roman Warriors

Susanna
and the Elders

Susanna and the Elders

Italian Landscape
with Travellers

Italianate Landscape with Travellers

Ruins
at the Sea

Ruins at the Sea

The Judgement
of Paris

Landscape with the Judgement of Paris

Italian Landscape
with Ruined Tower

Italian Landscape with Ruined Tower

Large Vase of
Flowers

Large Vase of Flowers

Landscape with a
Peasant Woman

Landscape with a Peasant Woman on a Mule

road by the edge
of a lake

road by the edge of a lake

banks
of a brook

banks of a brook

italianate landscape
with an artist

italianate landscape with an artist sketching from nature

landscape with
nymphs

landscape with nymphs

landscape with
resting travellers

landscape with resting travellers and oxcart

a southern landscape
with a ruin

a southern landscape with a ruin