1607 - 1674
North-Netherlandish painter and etcher. Lievens is a pupil of Pieter Lastman, as was Rembrandt, with whom he worked in close collaboration in Leiden. A child prodigy, Lievens became known for his portraits, got too big for his boots, and lived it in style. His early work is influenced by Van Dijck; later he adopts Rembrandt's style, thus forming a bridge between the Northern and Southern Netherlandish schools. He manufactured a number of much acclaimed woodcuts.
Jan Lievens was born in Leiden and died in Amsterdam. The portrait on this page is a self-portrait, dating from around 1638.