Jacob de Backer I
(1555 - 1585)
Jacob de Backer I was active/lived in Belgium. Jacob de Backer I is known for religious theme genre, figure and allegory painting.
Biography Jacob de Backer I
According to Karel van Mander, de Backer was abandoned as a young boy by his father, also a painter, who had to flee Antwerp because of an impending court trial. Jacob then worked for several years in the studio of Antonio van Palermo (1503/13-before 1589) and later entered the workshop of Hendrick van Steenwijck. Van Mander further claimed that the strenuous labour that van Palermo had imposed on the young man had so wrecked his health that he died at the age of 30, in the arms of his former master's daughter. This, van Mander added, happened a long time ago, thus implying that de Backer died before van Steenwijck left Antwerp in 1586. This is confirmed by other evidence, including the age of van Palermo's daughter Lucretia, who was
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