Jacob Jordaens

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A pupil of Adam van Noort, Jordaens joined the Guild of Saint Luke in Antwerp in 1615, describing himself as a painter of watercolours and temperas; he became the dean in 1621. Greatly admired during his lifetime, he received commissions and welcomed students from across Europe, despite the fact that he did not travel like his contemporaries Rubens and Van Dyck. Although now best known for his lively, humorous genre scenes, he was admired by his contemporaries for his ambitious mythological and allegorical canvases, and as Rubens painted less, Jordaens benefitted from increased patronage from the royal houses of Europe, including those of Sweden and England. He continued to work into his eighties, but died of the plague at the age of 85.

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