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Karel du Jardin

Karel du Jardin: <EM>Self-portrait</EM>, 1662oil on copper28.5 x 22.0 cmRijksmuseum, AmsterdamPhoto courtesy of Rijksmuseum
Karel du Jardin: Self-portrait, 1662
oil on copper
28.5 x 22.0 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Photo courtesy of Rijksmuseum
Karel du Jardin
AMSTERDAM  •  Rijksmuseum  •  Ongoing

On view is a selection of masterpieces by the 17th-century Amsterdam painter Karel du Jardin  (b. Amsterdam 1626, d. Venice 1678). The show illustrates Du Jardin's mastery of various genres of painting, including refined and tranquil Italianate landscapes, monumental historical paintings and portraits of the aristocracy.

Karel du Jardin was an artist who liked to travel. He lived for a time in Lyon and in Paris, and sailed with Joan Reynst, Heer van Drakestein, by ship via England, Portugal and Spain to Tangier and Algiers, where they met Michiel de Ruyter. He lived out his final years in Rome (where he was nicknamed "the Goatee") and Venice, where he died in 1678. The suspected cause of death was food poisoning, after having spent a rather indulgent evening at the dinner table.

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Contact: Jan Luijkenstraat 1
1071 ZD Amsterdam
Tel: (31) 20 6 74 70 00

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