Govert Flinck, was born on January 25, 1615, in Kleve, Brandenburg Germany and died on February 2, 1660, in Amsterdam, Dutch Republic (now the Netherlands). Flinck was a Baroque painter of portraits, genre, and narrative subjects, and was one of Rembrandt’s most-accomplished followers.


Flinck was mostly known for three large civic guard paintings (Amsterdam Rijksmuseum). He was responsible for a generous part of the decorations of the town hall on Dam square. Flinck was a celebrated portrait painter in his time.


Flinck first studied in Leeuwarden and later entered Rembrandt’s studio. As a painter of biblical and allegorical subjects, he at first modeled his style closely on Rembrandt’s, as, for example, in his Isaac Blessing Jacob (1638). Later he developed a more florid and oratorical manner, in which he appears to have been influenced by Peter Paul Rubens, as in the Allegory in Memory of Prince Frederick Henry (1654). Flinck’s most successful works were portraits, and he was especially successful in his group portraits—e.g., A Goldsmith and His Family and Celebration of the Civic Guard at the Signing of the Peace of Münster (1648).


Isaac blessing Jacob


Isaac blessing Jacob. An elderly Isaac sits in his bed and blesses Jacob.


Location: Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Gallery of Honour
Creation Date: 1638

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