Jan Lievens Learn about JAN LIEVENS (1607-1674) artist,their past and upcoming works offered at auction at Christie's

The friend and fellow student of Rembrandt (q.v.), Lievens was the son of an embroiderer and showed remarkably precocious abilities as a painter. He began studying with Joris van Schooten (1587–1651) at the age of eight and spent some time as a pupil of Pieter Lastman (q.v.) in Amsterdam, before taking on independent commissions from the age of fourteen. He and Rembrandt may have shared a studio in Leiden in the later 1620s, although by 1632 Lievens had decided to travel: moving first to England, where he painted portraits of the English royal family, and then to Antwerp, Amsterdam and The Hague, where he was a founding member of the Pictura confraternity in 1656. In later life he moved between The Hague and Amsterdam, where he died.

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