Jan Torrentius

Accession Number

Jan Torrentius

Jan van de Velde

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
etching and engraving on paper

7 ⅞ in x 6 1/16 in (20 cm x 15.4 cm);7 ⅞ in x 6 1/16 in (20 cm x 15.4 cm);19 ⅜ in x 14 3/10 in (49.21 cm x 36.35 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser

Label copy
The sitter Jan Torrentius (1589-1644) was a painter in Amsterdam. He was known for his still lifes and obscene subject matter. In 1627, the year before this portrait was made, Torrentius was arrested, tried in court, and tortured for being the alleged head of the Rosicrucian sect in Holland. Condemned to death by burning, he was instead sentenced to twenty years in prison. He was freed in 1630 by the intervention of the English ambassador, who brought Torrentius to London. Upon his return to Amsterdam, Torrentius was again tried and this time died from the effects of torture.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
intaglio print

Collection Area

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