Jacob de Gheyn II (aka Jacques de Gheyn II) (c. 1565 – March 29, 1629) was a Dutch painter and engraver, whose work transitioned from the Northern Mannerism style to the Dutch Realism movement over the course of his career. De Gheyn was born in Antwerp and received his first artistic training from his father, Jacob de Gheyn I, a glass painter, engraver, and draftsman.
Around 1600, de Gheyn abandoned engraving, and focused on painting and etching. Moving to The Hague in 1605, he was employed by the Dutch royalty, designing a garden in the Buitenhof for Prince Maurice of Orange which featured the two first grottoes in the Netherlands.
- De Gheyn is also renowned for painting some of the earliest female nudes and floral still lifes in Dutch art.
- He is credited with creating over 1,500 drawings, including landscapes and natural history illustrations.
De Gheyn married Eva Stalpaert van der Wiele of Mechelen in 1595. His son, Jacob de Gheyn III, was born in 1596, and became an engraver in his own right, as well as the subject of a portrait by Rembrandt.
De Gheyn II died in The Hague on March 29, 1629.
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