Jacob Toorenvliet

painter, draftsman, print artist
North Netherlandish
Leiden 1640-06/1640-07-01
baptized 1 July 1640
Oegstgeest 1719-01/1719-01-25
buried on 25 January 1719 in Oegstgeest
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son of the glass-painter and drawing master Abraham Toorenvliet I (1620-1692) and Maria Willemsdr. van der Hulle, brother of Christoph, and father of Abraham Toorenvliet II, and also father of Christoph Toorenvliet, who was active as a painter in Vienna in 1713; nephew of Gerard Dou
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Van Mieris and Naiveu studied drawing at the same time as Toorenvliet with Abraham Toorenvliet.
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Active in
  • Leiden 1655 - 1659
    already active aged 15 (Sluijter et al. 1988). He started his Grand Tour in 1659.
  • Wenen 1663 - 1664
    mentioned as living in Vienna in January 1664 (Balthasar de Monconys)
  • Rome 1668 - 1670
    possibly already in 1668-1669 in Rome (Karau 2002, p. 44); after July 1670 together with Nicolaes Rosendael; he became a member of the Bentveughels with the nickname Jason (Sluijter et al. 1988).
  • Venetië 1673
    possibly in 1673 (Karau 2002, vol. 1, p. 61).; Meijer 1991A: somewhere between 1673-1676. According to Houbraken 1718-1721, vol. 3, p. 167, Toorenvliet used to make drawings after paintings by ’Rafael, Paulo Veronees, Tintoret’. One such drawing after Tintoretto signed “J. Torenvliet Venetie f.” is kept in the Special Collections of Leiden University Library (inv. AW320).
  • Wenen 1673 - 1679
    arrived late 1673 or 1674 in Vienna (Karau 2002, p. 62); probably left Vienna in 1679 because of the plague
  • Leiden 1679 - 1680
    In 1680 his apprentice Jacob van der Sluys followed him to Amsterdam (Sluijter et al. 1988).
  • Amsterdam 1680 - 1682
    He made his will on 15 October 1680 (Sluijter et al. 1988).
  • Leiden 1682 - 1686
    In 1682 his son Abraham was born. In 1686 he registered himself in the guild, c. 1694 he was co-founder of the Drawing Academy in Leyden and from 1695 to 1712 he was almost annually listed as as principal or dean (Sluijter et al. 1988).
  • Leiden 1686
    He became a member of the Guild and held a number of senior offices in it from 1695 to 1712. He also founded the Drawing Academy in 1694 togethjer with Willem van Mieris (I) and Carel de Moor
  • Oegstgeest 1718 - 1719
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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, history (as a genre), portrait, game piece (still life)
The only example of a still life is a painting with a dead pigeon and finches signed 'JTvliet.Fecit' at an Sotheby auction on April 15th. 1999 [artwork no. 54345] (Willigen/Meijer 2003, p. 196)
oil paint
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fine art painting
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Creation date: 1992-01-26; Last modified date: 2021-09-20


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