Jan Steen

1626 - 1679

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Jan Havickszoon Steen (c. 1626 – buried 3 February 1679) was a Dutch Golden Age painter, one of the leading genre painters of the 17th century. His works are known for their psychological insight, sense of humour and abundance of colour. Steen was born in Leiden, a town in Southern Holland, where his well-to-do, Catholic family were brewers who ran the tavern The Red Halbert for two generations. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jan Steen has received more than 390,675 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Jan Steen is the 131st most popular painter (down from 122nd in 2019), the 41st most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 34th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Dutch Painter.

Jan Steen is most famous for his paintings of everyday life in the 17th century Netherlands.

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Among painters, Jan Steen ranks 131 out of 2,023Before him are Gerrit Dou, Hans Memling, John Constable, Carl Larsson, Franz Marc, and Jean Fouquet. After him are Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Fernand Léger, Hans von Aachen, Jean Dubuffet, and Odilon Redon.

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Among people born in 1626, Jan Steen ranks 3Before him are Christina, Queen of Sweden, and Sabbatai Zevi. After him are Richard Cromwell, William II, Prince of Orange, Francesco Redi, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur, Giovanni Legrenzi, Louis Couperin, Bada Shanren, and John Aubrey. Among people deceased in 1679, Jan Steen ranks 2Before him is Thomas Hobbes. After him are Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria, Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Joost van den Vondel, John of Austria the Younger, John Maurice, Prince of Nassau-Siegen, Marie de Rohan, Willem van Aelst, Anne Geneviève de Bourbon, Jean François Paul de Gondi, and Francesco Barberini.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Jan Steen ranks 41 out of 1,646Before him are Guus Hiddink (1946), André Rieu (1949), Rinus Michels (1928), Gerrit Dou (1613), Johan Huizinga (1872), and Jan van Riebeeck (1619). After him are Ruud Gullit (1962), Theo van Gogh (1857), Frank Rijkaard (1962), Paul Verhoeven (1938), Thomas Bernhard (1931), and Peter Debye (1884).

Among PAINTERS In Netherlands

Among painters born in Netherlands, Jan Steen ranks 8Before him are Rembrandt (1606), Johannes Vermeer (1632), Piet Mondrian (1872), Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525), Hieronymus Bosch (1450), and Gerrit Dou (1613). After him are Theo van Gogh (1857), Jacob van Ruisdael (1628), Han van Meegeren (1889), Pieter de Hooch (1629), Dieric Bouts (1415), and Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836).