RAVESTEYN, Jan Antonisz. van
(b. ca. 1572, Culemborg, d. 1657, Den Haag)

Biography

Dutch painter. It is not known who was his teacher, but he was a follower of the Delft portrait painter Michiel Jansz van Miereveld. In 1598 he became a member of the Guild of St Luke in The Hague, and later he served as an officer in various capacities.

The only known paintings by him are portraits. One of his few early works to have survived is the portrait of the future Remonstrant leader Hugo de Groot Aged 16 (1599; Institut Néerlandais, Paris), which is unusual for its round format and striking close-up view of the sitter. The remainder of his extant oeuvre dates mainly from between 1610 and 1640, with portraits from nearly every year of this period.



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