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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Jan Steen | Fine Arts bLog Site
Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 17th Century artist of the Baroque movement, Jan Steen [Dutch, 1626-1679] Link: Jan Steen (born about 1626 Leyden, The Netherlands, died about 1679 Leyden, The Netherlands), was a Dutch Painter. Remarkably, given the meager living he made from art, Jan Steen was the humorist among Dutch painters. He persevered, creating nearly eight hundred pictures, most with a moral beneath the wit. A prosperous brewer's son, Steen enrolled in Leyden University in 1646, but by 1648 he was helping to found the Leyden Guild of Saint Luke. His teachers may have included Nikolaus Knüpfer. Steen was not one to stay put; he lived in The Hague; Haarlem; Leyden, where he ran a tavern; and Delft, where he leased a brewery. He married Jan van Goyen's daughter. Grace before Meat The Feast of St. Nicholas Rhetoricians at a Window Amnon and Tamar