FYT, Jan
(b. 1611, Antwerpen, d. 1661, Antwerpen)

Still-Life with Hare and Game-Birds

Oil on canvas, 63 x 86 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

Jan Fyt is acclaimed as the greatest Flemish animal painter after Frans Snyders. Particularly celebrated are his game still-lifes and open-air hunting scenes, a genre of which he may be considered the inventor. In 1729 Jacob Campo Weyerman described Fyt as a second Noah, since he too gathered animals and birds into his painting, and saw in him a sort of van Dyck of the still-life.