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Judith Leyster

She monogrammed her paintings with JL (concatenated) with a protruding star to the right of it, a visual reference to her name, lei-star, the fixed star that is now called the pole star (Hofrichter 1993).
painter, draftsman
North Netherlandish
Haarlem 1609-07/1609-07-28
baptized July 28, 1609
Heemstede (Noord-Holland) 1660-02/1660-02-10
buried on Feb. 10, 1660
Family relationships
this field records any family relationship to one or more other artist(s).
married Jan Miense Molenaer in 1636 (E. Broersen in: Haarlem 1993, p. 21)
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Biographical information
Period of activity
1629 - 1643
Her first dated work dates from 1629; after 1636 hardly any more of her work is known (Broersen 1993, p. 20)
Active in
  • Haarlem 1629 - 1636
    She became a member of the guild in 1633 and married Jan Miense Molenaer on June 1, 1636 (in Heemstede) (Broersen 1993, p. 21)
  • Amsterdam 1637 - 1649
  • Heemstede (Noord-Holland) 1648
    The Molenaer-Leyster couple bought a farmstead in Heemstede as a country residence in the autumn of 1648 (Broersen 1993, p. 24-27)
  • Haarlem 1649 - 1660
    Until 1993 it was assumed that the family moved to Heemstede, but they mainly stayed in Haarlem. They owned a house in Amsterdam, Haarlem and Heemstede (Broersen 1993, p. 27-30).
  • Amsterdam 1655 - 1656
    Broersen 1993, p. 29
born in
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This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
genre, portrait, flower piece, fruit piece
oil paint
Creation date: 1992-01-12; Last modified date: 2020-09-27


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