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date: 26 May 2020

Heem, de familylocked

  • Sam Segal


Dutch family of painters. (1) Jan Davidsz. de Heem is considered one of the most eminent Still-life painters of the 17th century. He had many followers, including two of his sons, (2) Cornelis de Heem and (3) Jan Jansz. de Heem, and a grandson, (4) David de Heem. Jan Davidsz.’s influence continued until the 19th century.

(b Utrecht, April 1606; d Antwerp, April 26, 1684).

Born as Johannes van Antwerpen, the painter called himself Johannes de Heem but has always been mentioned as Jan Davidsz. de Heem in the literature. His father, a musician, died in 1612. His mother, two sisters and stepfather moved to Leiden in 1625. The following year Jan married Aletta van Weede (d 1643), who bore him three children, including (2) Cornelis de Heem. During the early 1630s Jan moved to Antwerp, where he spent most of the rest of his life. He married Anna Ruckers in ...

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