Jan

Both

Artistic period 1601 to 1650

Nationality

Dutch

Birth

ca. 1618 (Utrecht)

Death

1652 (Utrecht)

Biography

Jan Both (* about 1618 in Utrecht; † August 1652 ebenda) was a Dutch landscape painter of the early 17th century. He was one of the most influential representatives of the so-called "Dutch Italianates", mostly young, aspiring painters of the Netherlands, who mainly went to Rome in the course of the 17th century to study the testimonies of Classical Antiquity as well as the works of the Great Masters Titian, Raphael or Michelangelo. The magic of the old ruins in the hilly, sun-drenched landscape with the lush, strange vegetation had a special attraction for them. Above all the warm, golden light of the southern metropolis, so contrary to the rather grey light of the homeland, fascinated the young northerners.