HEEM, Jan Davidsz. de
(b. 1606, Utrecht, d. 1684, Antwerpen)

Still-Life of Books

Oil on wood, 36 x 46 cm
Mauritshuis, The Hague

In Leiden, the southern Dutch university town with a renowned university founded in 1577, the university was already equipped with a large library by the 17th century. Jan Davidsz. de Heem worked in Leiden between 1626 and 1636 and he specialized in still-lifes of books during that time.