Jan Frans van Douven

1656-1727 Holland/Baroque

 

Brief Biography-John Francis Douven /Jan Frans van Douven from Roermond was a disciple of one Gabriel Lambertin in Liege. After two years, he went on to study under Lambertin’s nephew Christopher Puitlink a landscape painter who had studied in Rome. He came to the attention of the finance minister of Charles II of Spain Don Jan Dellano Velasco who employed him copying his collection of Italian master’s paintings for a period of three years. Douven acquired many techniques from working with the Italian paintings.
He was invited to Düsseldorf in 1682 where he painted several noblemen and thereafter was appointed principal painter to the court of Johann Wilhelm II, Elector Palatine. He accompanied Johann Wilhelm II to Vienna where he painted the Emperor and Empress for which he was handsomely awarded. He undertook several commissions for the courts of Denmark, Portugal and Tuscany where he painted numerous portraits of nobility including Three Emperors and Empresses, Five Kings and seven Queens. He died in Düsseldorf in 1727. A few of his works hang in the Uffizi in Florence.

 

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anna maria luisa de
Medici electress-

anna maria luisa de medici electress palatine in mourning dress

anna maria luisa
de medici

anna maria luisa de medici in hunting dress by Jan Frans van Douven

anna maria luisa
de medici

anna maria luisa de medici

arcangelo
corelli

arcangelo corelli

elector johann
wilhelm von pfalz-

elector johann wilhelm von pfalz neuburg on horseback

elector palatine and
his wife

elector palatine and his wife in spanish costumes dancing

elector palatine
johann wilhelm

elector palatine johann wilhelm von pfalz neuburg and anna maria luisa de medici

grand duke cosimo
III of tuscany

grand duke cosimo three of tuscany


jan wellem

jan wellem

johann wilhelm
von neuburg

johann wilhelm von neuburg with his wife anna maria luisa de medici

portrait of emperor
joseph I

portrait of emperor joseph one


self portrait

self portrait