Art, Honor and Success in The Dutch Republic
Art, Honor and Success in The Dutch Republic
The Life and Career of Jacob van Loo
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Chapter 1 - Life

The State of Flanders: Where Wolves Outnumbered Men
The Hague
The Affluent Bachelor
Settling Down, Moving Up
Great Success
Starting Over in Saint-Germain
The Royal Academy
The Ambassador Artist
Founder of the Van Loo Dynasty

Chapter 2 - Artistic Output

Studio Practice
History on a Grand Scale
Cabinet Pictures
Fashionable Portraiture
Paris, 1661-70

Chapter 3 - Clientele

Archival Data
Portraiture in Amsterdam
Figure Paintings in Amsterdam
Portraits in Paris
Enduring Relationships
The Huydecoper-Hinlopen Family
The Huygens Family

Chapter 4 - The Academic Nude and its Audience

Documentary Evidence on Amsterdam's Academies
European Art Academies
The Theory of 'Welstant'
The Surviving Academic Drawings
Two Groups of Academic Draftsmen
Empathy versus 'Welstant'
Dutch Classicism: The Art of Standing Well
Van Loo's Academic Mode
An Audience for the Academic Nude

Chapter 5 - The Manslaughter Case

Homicide: A Matter of Honor
31 October 1660
Van Loo's Legal Case
Pardon Ante Sententiam
Van Loo's 'Honorable' Homicide
Support from the Huydecoper-Hinlopen Family
'His Reputation regarding his Morality'
Homicide in a European Context


A List of Works
B List of Early Owners
C Transcriptions

List of illustrations

Reviews and Features

"Art, Honor and Success in the Dutch Republic: The Life and Career of Jacob van Loo makes many noteworthy contributions to our understanding of Van Loo’s career and art within the cultural milieus of the Dutch Republic and Paris."
-Wayne Franits, HNA Review of Books, July 2020

Judith Noorman

Art, Honor and Success in The Dutch Republic

The Life and Career of Jacob van Loo

Focusing on the interrelationship between Jacob van Loo's art, honor, and career, this book argues that Van Loo's lifelong success and unblemished reputation were by no means incompatible, as art historians have long assumed, with his specialization in painting nudes and his conviction for manslaughter. Van Loo's iconographic specialty - the nude - allowed his clientele to present themselves as judges of beauty and display their mastery of decorum, while his portraiture perfectly expressed his clients' social and political ambitions. Van Loo's honor explains why his success lasted a lifetime, whereas that of Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Vermeer did not. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this book reinterprets the manslaughter case as a sign that Van Loo's elite patrons recognized him as a gentleman and highly-esteemed artist.

Judith Noorman

Judith Noorman is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Amsterdam and leads the Dutch Research Council project The Female Impact, 2021–2026. As Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Studies in Early Modernity, she has organized the Object Colloquia Series, which laid the foundation for this book.