Jan Lievens Essay

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Jan Lievens Jan Lievens was born on October 24, 1607 in Leiden. He was a Dutch painter and a visual artist. Lievens began his career as an artist at twelve years old after spending two years as an apprentice to Pieter Lastman in Lieden. While in Leiden, Lievens shared a studio with Rembrandt van Rijn in 1626. The two painters collaborated on many pictures together: the Portrait of a Child is signed “Lievens retouched by Rembrandt.” Rembrandt also painted an image of Lievens into one of his notable paintings Young Christ in the Temple. “The early works of both painters exhibit similar attention to details, Caravagesque dark tones, and dramatic mood. For example, the very theatrical Lievens work titled The Raising of Lazarus, dated 1631 and presently located in the Art Gallery and Museum, Brighton. The attribution of paintings from their joint studio period has often presented a problem to scholars, and there were many false attributions to Rembrandt of works that were actually painted by Lievens. Lievens tended to paint on a larger scale than Rembrandt; often his works are life size.” After five years of collaboration the two split in 1631, Rembrandt moved to Amsterdam and Lievens went to England. While in England Lievens painted a portrait for the 21st Earl of Arundel, Thomas Howard. Leivens was quickly influenced by the works of Anthony van Dyck. Lieven worked in many places including Antwerp, The Hague, and Berlin. He eventually returned to Amsterdam where he received important commissions and died. Before his death on June 8, 1674 Lievens became troubled by debts, loneliness, and wandering causing his children, fearing they would inherit nothing but debts, to appeal to the court for the rights to refuse the inheritance. Lievens is remembered primarily for his painting of religious, allegorical, and mythological subjects;

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