Jan van Bijlert (1597/98–1671)

Catalogue raisonné

| University of Utrecht
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ISBN 9789027253378 (Eur) | EUR 237.00
ISBN 9781556192722 (USA) | USD 356.00
Jan van Bijlert (1597/98-1671) is best known as one of the Utrecht Caravaggists and is often ranked with Hendrick ter Brugghen, Gerard van Honthorst and Dirck van Baburen. However, Van Bijlert is not primarily a Caravaggist painter, he is also a Classicist and a painter of ‘realistic’ Dutch genre scenes and portraits. He was readily inspired by new movements and developments which is reflected in a remarkable versatility in style and content as well as in quality. His inspiration comes from Dutch contemporaries such as Abraham Bloemaert and Gerard van Honthorst, from Italy (Caravaggio, Guido Reni, Orazio Gentileschi) and France (Simon Vouet).
The Introduction positions Van Bijlert within the Utrecht School and discusses the appreciation of his work. Chapter One is a short biography of the artist. Chapter Two describes Van Bijlert’s art and style in the light of his sources of inspiration.
The 204 paintings by Van Bijlert are reproduced and listed with full descriptions, plus a list of attributed and rejected paintings. The book is complemented by a concordance with Hoogewerff (1965), a genealogical tree, a bibliography and an Index.
Paul Huys Janssen studied art history at the University of Utrecht. He obtained his doctoral degree in 1994 with a thesis on Jan van Bijlert, which forms the basis of this Catalogue raisonné. Since 1984 he has worked for the Dutch Inter-University Institute of Art History in Florence, the Stichting Kerkelijk Kunstbezit in Utrecht, the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and the University of Utrecht. At the same time he worked as a freelance art historian for museums and art dealers. In 1996 he was appointed as curator for old art at the Noordbrabants Museum in ’s-Hertogenbosch.
Features: 204 paintings by Jan van Bijlert; 79 contemporary paintings; 8 colour plates; Full descriptive catalogue by subject; Attributed and rejected paintings; Bibliography and Index.
[OCULI: Studies in the Arts of the Low Countries, 7]  1998.  400 pp. Incl. 305 bl/wh ill. + 8 color pl.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction
9
Colour plates
23
Chapter I: Biography
35
Chapter II: The Art of Jan van Bijlert
53
Figures
73
Catalogue
89
Introduction
91
Biblical and Religious Scenes
93
Mythology and Classical Antiquity
110
Literature and History
120
Allegorical Themes
123
Pastoral Representations
130
Genre Scenes: Single Figures
138
Genre Scenes: Groups
149
Portraits
160
Prints after Works by Jan van Bijlert
177
Copies After Lost Compositions and Paintings in the Style of Jan van Bijlert
181
Unindentified Works
185
Rejected Attributions
195
Drawings
201
Appendix I: Documents
205
Appendix II: Genealogical Table
218
Appendix III: Concordance
221
Plates
223
List of Figures
369
List of Plates
373
Bibliography
381
Index
393
“Paul Huys Janssen’s beautifully produced and immaculately researched catalogue of Van Bijlert is an extremely welcome addition to the art historical literature on seventeenth-century painting in Utrecht.”
Subjects
BIC Subject: AC – History of art / art & design styles
BISAC Subject: ART015000 – ART / History / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  97039033