JORDAENS, Hans III
(b. 1595, Antwerpen, d. 1643, Antwerpen)
Flemish painter. He trained with his father, Hans Jordaens II (bapt Antwerp, 1581; d Antwerp, 1635), who was also a painter. On 26 November 1617 Hans III married Maria van Dijck, by whom he had five children. In 1620 he enrolled in the Antwerp Guild of St Luke. He appears to have been a fairly successful painter: although his father is said to have been a poor man, Hans III was living in a large house in 1624.
The few paintings known by him are in the style of Frans Francken II. There are several versions of the Israelites Crossing the Red Sea attributed to him, six of which are signed (e.g. The Hague, Mauritshuis); one is also dated (1624; Berlin, Staatliche Museen). Two depictions of collectors' cabinets have been attributed to him, one signed and formerly in the collection of Leopold William (c. 1630; Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum); the other remains doubtful (London, National Gallery). He painted the figures in a landscape by Josse de Momper II (Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum) and, with Frans Francken and others, was also responsible for finishing works by Abraham Govaerts after the latter's death in 1626.