Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Jongh, Ludolf de

Scene in a Courtyard
Oil on canvas
67 x 82 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Ludolf Leendertsz de Jongh (1616 - 1679), the son of a shoemaker, was a Dutch Golden Age painter. He studied with Delft portraitist in Rotterdam and his work shows a strong influence from the Utrecht school of Caravaggio admirers. In 1650's he was one of the most fashionable painters of Rotterdam. He experimented with various innovations in portraiture in this period, both from a psychological perspective with expressions, but also with the use of space and lighting.

Unlike most Dutch painters of the 1600s, who were specialists, he painted portraits, genre paintings, landscapes, and historical subjects. As a result of this wide variety of subject matter, his works have frequently been attributed to others. Moreover, he signed few paintings, and his style often changed in response to new developments in Dutch painting. He married the daughter of a member of the highest circles of Rotterdam. and he gradually stopped painting after 1660 when he became involved with law enforcement in Rotterdam.