(Haarlem 1609 - 1647)


  • Author: Jan Martszen II de Jong (Haarlem 1609 - 1647)

  • Technique: Oil on board 49 x 65 cm

Expert report written by Proff. Giancarlo Sestieri from Rome.

He was a Dutch painter and printmaker of the golden age, specializing in battle painting.

He was the son of Jacobus Martens (1579 / 1580-1647), who was his first teacher, and grandson of Esaias van de  Velde, who continued his education in the art of painting and who particularly influenced its style.

In 1626 he probably moved to The Hague with his father. It was active from 1632 or 1628 and up to 1641, a period for which dated works exist. Probably some of his works, in the period 1628, 1629, are under the name of his father, so he subsequently signed his paintings with JM D. Jonge. This behavior led to suppose the existence of another painter M.de Jong. In 1629 he returned to Harlem, where he worked until 1645.

On 26 November 1633 he married Philipina Torel of Amsterdam. From 1633 to 1638 he was active in Amsterdam. He also worked in Delft.

Among his most representative works are: 2 battles from the Sydervelt collection (Amsterdam, 1766), of great impact, the Portrait of Frederick Henry of Orange, on horseback at the siege of the city of Grol, rendered in a detailed and vigorous way, with the collaboration of Michiel van Mierevelt. His other noteworthy work is The Battle of Lutzen. Other battle scenes can be found today in Vienna and Riga.

In addition to battle scenes, he also made portraits, painted animals, especially horses, and landscapes. He collaborated with Bartholomeus van Bassen by adding the figures in one of his paintings representing the interior of a church.

It was his pupil Jan Asselyn.

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