|Jan Davidsz. de Heem. Self-portrait. 24 x 19 cm. |
Oil on panel. 1630-1650. Image courtesy of Wikimedia.
De Heem was born in Utrecht in 1606 (the same year as Rembrandt), studied painting in Utrecht and Leiden, then moved to Antwerp in the early thirties, but occasionally spent some periods of time back in Utrecht (in 1649 and between 1665 and 1672, according to the Rijksmuseum website). These dates and places might seem insignificant if you don't recall the historical context, the eighty-years war against the Spanish rule, which in effect split what used to be the cultural continuum of the Seventeen Provinces. This means that de Heem spent the formative years of his life in the Dutch Republic (officially recognized by Spain in 1609) and then moved to Antwerp, which used to be the capital of the Dutch revolt, but surrendered in 1585 (and all its Protestant population was forced to exile, fueling the Dutch Golden Age).
|Jan Davidsz. de Heem. Books and a Lute on a Table. c. 1628. 26.5 x 41.5 cm. Oil on wood|
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (image courtesy of Pubhist.com)
|Jan Davidsz. de Heem.A Richly Laid Table with Parrots|
c. 1655. 150 x 116.2 cm. Oil on canvas