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Jacob Adriaensz Backer

1609-1651 Holland/Baroque


Brief Biography-Jacob Adriaensz Backer, born in Harlingen, Holland, was a portraitist and history painter of the Dutch Golden Age. His family moved to Amsterdam when he was just three years of age. Backer became a student of Lambert Jacobsz, a fellow Mennonite preacher in Leeuwarden. Accounts state that he went on to study under Rembrandt back in Amsterdam c.1632 due to some resemblance of works, and his fellow student Govert Flinck was undoubtedly a student of Rembrandt. He was famously known to have completed a half-length portrait of a woman in one day, including ornamental jewels and elegant drapery. His works hang in the Amsterdam Townhall and the Carmelites church at Antwerp. His most famous student was Abraham Lambertsz van den, Tempel. According to the Rev. Pilkington, he died in 1641, aged 33. He quotes Jean-Baptiste Descamps; however, scholars broadly accept he died in 1651.


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of a woman

portrait of a woman by Jacob Adriaensz Backer

of an old woman

portrait of an old woman

company of cornelis
de graeff

company of cornelis de graeff and luitenant hendrick lauwrensz

of a lady

portrait of a lady

and daifilo

granida and daifilo

portrait of
johannes lutma

portrait of johannes lutma


the hearing

tribute money

the tribute money

and adonis

venus and adonis