Jan Boeckhorst

Datesabout 1604 - 1668
DiedAntwerp, Belgium

Born in Germany, around 1626 Jan Boeckhorst moved to Antwerp, where he worked in the workshops of Jacob Jordaens and Peter Paul Rubens. Only six pictures are definitely known to be his, but he probably painted many figure groups within paintings attributed to the Rubens school. Between 1635 and 1637, Boeckhorst toured Italy, returning in 1639 to see Rome.

Boeckhorst worked both independently and in collaboration with other artists. Early in his career he added staffage, flowers, and animals to other artists' paintings; later on, he painted figures for them as well. In the 1630s he contributed figures to Frans Snyders's paintings; in turn, Snyders added still life elements to Boeckhorst's works. After Rubens's death in 1640, Boeckhorst finished and touched up some of his master's paintings. Until about 1650, Boeckhorst's figure types and compositions closely follow Rubens's late work; after that Anthony Van Dyck's influence can be felt. After 1650 Boeckhorst painted numerous altarpieces and other works for churches and monasteries outside Antwerp, along with paintings of the Old Testament and mythological subjects for private individuals and art dealers. He also made tapestry designs and drawings for publication.