Karel du Jardin 1626-1678
50 full colour illustrations, 64 pages, paperback
Karel du Jardin was an extremely versatile artist. He produced not only Italianate landscapes, but also history scenes and aristocratic portraits. Moreover, he often depicted exceptional subjects, many of which were rarely if ever treated by Dutch artists of the Golden Age. His small self-portrait executed on a copper support is arguably one of the most appealing artist’s portraits of the 17th century. Du Jardin is the focus of this book and his story is truly one of the rags to riches. From a modest milieu bordering on the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam he worked his way up, becoming a celebrated artist living on the Keizersgracht. A keen traveller, Du Jardin sojourned in France and Italy. His talented life came to an end in Venice following a copious meal. Du jardin was praised by writers and poets already in his own day. His paintings were bought chiefly by a refined, wealthy clientele with an eye for elegance. The Rijksmuseum currently boasts one of the most representative collections of paintings by Karel du Jardin in the world.