Jacob Adriaensz. Backer (1608 - 1651)

Dutch Golden Age painter

Jacob Backer grew up in a Mennonite environment in Amsterdam as the son of a baker. Around 1626 he went to Leeuwarden, where he was apprenticed to the history painter Lambert Jacobsz. at the same time as Govert Flinck. In 1632 Backer returned to Amsterdam and his earliest dated painting is from that year. Backer is usually considered as part of Rembrandt's circle, they may have had contact through the Mennonite art dealer Hendrick Uylenburgh. Backer painted portraits, group portraits and history pieces, primarily in the tradition of Rubens and the Utrecht Caravaggisti.




Jacob Adriaensz. Backer - Cimone and Iphigenia
Cimone and Iphigenia
c. 1642

Jacob Backer - Nathan and David
Nathan and David
c. 1633

Jacob Backer - Hippocrates visiting Democritus in Abdera
Hippocrates visiting Democritus in Abdera

Jacob Backer - John the Baptist Accusing Herod and Herodias
John the Baptist Accusing Herod and Herodias
1633

Jacob Backer - Venus, Adonis and Amor
Venus, Adonis and Amor
c. 1650/51


Jacob Backer - Portrait of Bartholomeus Breenbergh
Portrait of Bartholomeus Breenbergh
1644

Jacob Backer - Regents of the Amsterdam Orphanage
Regents of the Amsterdam Orphanage
c. 1634

Jacob Backer - Grandmother with Granddaughter
Grandmother with Granddaughter
1639

Jacob Backer - Granida and Daifilo
Granida and Daifilo
c. 1640

Jacob Adriaensz. Backer - Young man with a red fur cap
Young man with a red fur cap


Jacob Adriaensz. Backer - Head of a man with a black cap and a velvet blue cloak
Head of a man with a black cap and a velvet blue cloak
c. 1641

Jacob Backer - Portrait of Johannes Wtenbogaert
Portrait of Johannes Wtenbogaert
1638

Jacob Adriaensz. Backer - Portrait of François de Vroude
Portrait of François de Vroude

Jacob Adriaensz. Backer - Man in a red Polish cloak, wearing a laurel wreath
Man in a red Polish cloak, wearing a laurel wreath
c. 1637-38

Jacob Adriaensz. Backer - Half naked woman with a coin
Half naked woman with a coin
c. 1636


Jacob Backer - Christ on the Cross
Christ on the Cross
1631

Jacob Adriaensz. Backer - Portrait of a Woman
Portrait of a Woman
1641

Jacob Backer - Portrait of a Young Man
Portrait of a Young Man
c. 1638/40

Jacob Adriaensz. Backer - Granida and Dafilo
Granida and Dafilo
c. 1640

Jacob Backer - Portrait of a Boy in Grey
Portrait of a Boy in Grey
1634


Jacob Adriaensz. Backer - Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery
Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery
c. 1636

Jacob Backer - Portrait of Rebecca Schellingwou, wife of Bartholomeus Breenbergh
Portrait of Rebecca Schellingwou, wife of Bartholomeus Breenbergh
1644

Jacob Adriaensz. Backer - Man with beret and cane
Man with beret and cane
c. 1644-45

Jacob Backer - Self-portrait as shepherd
Self-portrait as shepherd

Jacob Backer - Portrait of a 62-Year Old Couple
Portrait of a 62-Year Old Couple
c. 1635


Jacob Backer - Portrait of a Boy
Portrait of a Boy
c. 1640

Jacob Adriaensz. Backer - Boy in a red cloak and a gold chain
Boy in a red cloak and a gold chain
c. 1637-38

Jacob Adriaensz. Backer - Young man as a shepherd
Young man as a shepherd
c. 1638

Jacob Adriaensz. Backer - Portrait of a richly dressed woman behind a balustrade
Portrait of a richly dressed woman behind a balustrade
c. 1647

Jacob Backer - Allegory to the Republic
Allegory to the Republic
c. 1644/45


Jacob Backer - Family Portrait with John the Baptist
Family Portrait with John the Baptist
c. 1637

Jacob Adriaensz. Backer - Portrait of Marinus Lowysse and Eva Ment, with their children, presenting the history of Christ and the Canaanite Woman
Portrait of Marinus Lowysse and Eva Ment, with their children, presenting the history of Christ and the Canaanite Woman
1640

Jacob Backer - Saint Stephen
Saint Stephen
c. 1632/33

Jacob Backer - Portrait of an Elderly Woman
Portrait of an Elderly Woman
c. 1636

Jacob Backer - Brother and Sister as Shepherds
Brother and Sister as Shepherds
c. 1643


Jacob Adriaensz. Backer - Portrait of an old lady
Portrait of an old lady

Jacob Backer - Portrait of Geertruid Hasselaer
Portrait of Geertruid Hasselaer
c. 1647/48

Jacob Backer - Allegory of Taste
Allegory of Taste
c. 1634

Jacob Backer - Portrait of Sara de Bie, Second Wife of Jan Lutma
Portrait of Sara de Bie, Second Wife of Jan Lutma
c. 1646

Jacob Backer - Portrait of a Man
Portrait of a Man
c. 1647


Jacob Backer - Granida and Daifilo
Granida and Daifilo
c. 1637

Jacob Backer - Portrait of Maria Elisabeth von Brandenburg-Bayreuth as Diana
Portrait of Maria Elisabeth von Brandenburg-Bayreuth as Diana
1649

Jacob Backer - Allegory of Sight
Allegory of Sight
c. 1634

Jacob Adriaensz. Backer - Portrait of an elder woman, possibly Anna Roefs of Rousch
Portrait of an elder woman, possibly Anna Roefs of Rousch
c. 1633-34

Jacob Backer - Portrait of a Girl
Portrait of a Girl
c. 1639/40


Jacob Adriaensz. Backer - Shepherd with wreath and flute
Shepherd with wreath and flute
c. 1634

Jacob Backer - Daivid gives Uriah Joab's letter
Daivid gives Uriah Joab's letter
c. 1632/33

Jacob Backer - Portrait of Jan Lutma
Portrait of Jan Lutma
c. 1646

Jacob Backer - Portrait of a Man
Portrait of a Man
c. 1647

Jacob Backer - Diana and Her Nymphs
Diana and Her Nymphs
1649


Jacob Backer - Young Man
Young Man
c. 1637

Jacob Backer - Shepherd
Shepherd
c. 1644

Jacob Backer - Old Man
Old Man
c. 1632/33

Attributed to Jacob Backer - Old Woman in an Armchair
Old Woman in an Armchair
1635

Jacob Backer - Cornelius the Centurion and the angel
Cornelius the Centurion and the angel


Jacob Backer - Saint Andrew
Saint Andrew
c. 1630

Jacob Adriaensz. Backer - Vertumnus and Pomona
Vertumnus and Pomona
c. 1638

Jacob Backer - Portrait of a Woman as Euterpe
Portrait of a Woman as Euterpe
c. 1649/50

Jacob Adriaensz. Backer - Bacchus and Ariadne
Bacchus and Ariadne
1643

Jacob Backer - Portrait of a Man
Portrait of a Man
c. 1649/51