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Jacob de Gheyn II

Born in Antwerp, Jacob de Gheyn I was glass painter, engraver, and draftsman. In 1585, he moved to Haarlem, where he studied under Hendrik Goltzius. He moved again, to Leiden, in the middle of the 1590s. His work attracted the attention of wealthy sponsors, and his first commission was for an engraving of the Siege of Geertruidenberg from Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange. De Gheyn painted some of the earliest female nudes, vanitas, and floral still lifes in Dutch art. He is credited with creating over 1,500 drawings, including landscapes and natural history illustrations. He produced 117 engravings for the military manual The Exercise of Armes while living in Amsterdam.
Allegory of the Government of a Wise King
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Simeon, from The Twelve Sons of Jacob

Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)

Gad, from The Twelve Sons of Jacob

Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)

The second movement for bringing the pike on to the shoulder and holding it horizontally, from the Lansquenet series, plate 9, in Wapenhandelinghe van Roers Musquetten Ende Spiessen (The Exercise of Arms)

From a series of 117 numbered plates from the military drill manual, "Wapenhandelinghe van Roers Musquetten ende Speissen" (The Exercise of Arms). The series is divided into three sets: Marksmen (42 plates), Mu... more

Joseph, from The Twelve Sons of Jacob

Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)

A soldier shaking the powder from the top of the pan, from the Musketeers series, plate 19, in Wapenhandelinghe van Roers Musquetten Ende Spiessen (The Exercise of Arms)

From a series of 117 numbered plates from the military drill manual, "Wapenhandelinghe van Roers Musquetten ende Speissen" (The Exercise of Arms). The series is divided into three sets: Marksmen (42 plates), Mu... more

The Fortune Teller and the Lady

after Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)

Asher, from The Twelve Sons of Jacob

Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)

A soldier, seen from the rear, while turning to the right and holding his pike horizontally, from the Lansquenets series, plate 30, in Wapenhandelinghe van Roers Musquetten Ende Spiessen (The Exercise of Arms)

From a series of 117 numbered plates from the military drill manual, "Wapenhandelinghe van Roers Musquetten ende Speissen" (The Exercise of Arms). The series is divided into three sets: Marksmen (42 plates), Mu... more

Dan, from The Twelve Sons of Jacob

Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)

A soldier on guard freeing his right hand, from the Marksmen series, plate 37, in Wapenhandelinghe van Roers Musquetten Ende Spiessen (The Exercise of Arms)

From a series of 117 numbered plates from the military drill manual, "Wapenhandelinghe van Roers Musquetten ende Speissen" (The Exercise of Arms). The series is divided into three sets: Marksmen (42 plates), Mu... more

The Wisdom of Fools, from Six Proverbs

Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)

Judah, from The Twelve Sons of Jacob

Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)

Benjamin, from The Twelve Sons of Jacob

Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)

A soldier pulling out the ramrod from its holder, from the Musketeers series, plate 25, in Wapenhandelinghe van Roers Musquetten Ende Spiessen (The Exercise of Arms)

From a series of 117 numbered plates from the military drill manual, "Wapenhandelinghe van Roers Musquetten ende Speissen" (The Exercise of Arms). The series is divided into three sets: Marksmen (42 plates), Mu... more

A soldier sliding his right hand along the training-pike, from the Lansquenets series, plate 22, in Wapenhandelinghe van Roers Musquetten Ende Spiessen (The Exercise of Arms)

From a series of 117 numbered plates from the military drill manual, "Wapenhandelinghe van Roers Musquetten ende Speissen" (The Exercise of Arms). The series is divided into three sets: Marksmen (42 plates), Mu... more

Study of Eleven Heads

This drawing is from a group of studies intended as a repertoire of figures for practice and reference. It is one of the most significant and most intact of several such sheets composed by de Gheyn, who worked ... more

Witches' Sabbath

Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)

Study of a Youth with his Head Turned to the Left and Leaning on his Right Elbow

Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)

The Soldier Carrying His Pike at the Slope

Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)

Head of a Bearded Man Wearing a Cap

Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)

Study of a Tree

Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)

Allegory of the Government of a Wise King

Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)

Vanitas Still Life

De Gheyn was a wealthy amateur who is best known as a brilliant draftsman, but he also painted and engraved. This panel is generally considered to be the earliest known independent still life painting of a vani... more

The Archer and the Milkmaid

The well-bred artist Jacques de Gheyn treats the subject of milkmaids with more circumspection than is found in popular prints of the period. An archer with a bulging codpiece aims his crossbow right at the vie... more

Witches Preparing for Sabbath

To appreciate the complex symbolism and rich details of the world of witches represented in this print close examination is needed. In the centre three witches prepare ointments that they will smear over their ... more

Sheet with Two Figural Compositions and Studies of Helmets and Arms

Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1565–1629 The Hague)