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Victor Honoré Janssens


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Victor Honorius Janssens or Victor Honoré Janssens (or Jansens) (11 June 1658  14 August 1736) was a Flemish painter of religious and mythological works and a tapestry designer. He spent a substantial period of his career abroad and worked in Germany, Italy, Vienna and London. He was court painter of Emperor Charles VI of Austria in Vienna. He is mainly known for his mythological and history paintings.[1][2]

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Janssens was born in Brussels as the son of a tailor. He studied design and was entered as a pupil in the register of the Brussels Guild of Saint Luke in 1675.[1] After working in the studio of Lancelot Volders, he spent some time in the district of Oldenburg (now int the German state of Lower Saxony). Here he was the court painter to Joachim Frederick, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plön. The Duke allowed him to visit Italy in 1681.

The death of Caesar

Janssens stayed for about nine years in Italy and visited the main capitals of the country to study the masters. It has been assumed that Janssens befriended the Dutch painter of landscapes and seascapes Pieter Mulier the younger in Rome and that he painted the figures in his landscapes. The scholar M. Röthlisberger-Bianco has rejected this assumption. While in Napels, Janssens obtained a major commission to paint a large altarpiece for the church of the Jesuits.[2]

The artist returned in 1689 to Brussels and was admitted to the local Guild of St Luke on 12 August 1689.[2] The next year he applied for permission to work as a cartoon painter for the Brussels tapestry works.[3] He married Jacqueline, daughter of the notary Andé Van den Dycke and Christine Van den Eyndes on 14 March 1690.

Venus and Adonis as lovers

Following the Bombardment of Brussels by the French in 1695, Janssens was commissioned to produce a number of paintings for the Brussels Town Hall to replace those destroyed during the attack on the city. He also worked for the local guilds and churches.[3] He gained a solid reputation and became well-off. He was appointed the court painter of Emperor Charles VI of Austria and resided in Vienna from 1719 to 1722.[1] On the recommendation of the Empress, the widow of Emperor Joseph I, he spent several years in London.[2]

He spent his later years in Brussels, where he eventually died in 1736.[2]

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