Uylenburch (Van) family

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Uylenburch (Van), a Dutch family of which there was both a Reformed branch, to which Saskia van Uylenburgh belonged, who was the wife of Rembrandt, and also a Mennonite branch. Mennonites were (1) Gerrit Uylenburch, who moved from the Netherlands, probably from Leeuwarden in Friesland, to Krakow, Poland, where he was a cabinetmaker for the King of Poland. His son (2) Hendrick Uylenburch, b. at Krakow ca. 1587, d. 1661 at Amsterdam, lived at Danzig ca. 1612-1625 and thereafter at Amsterdam, where he founded an Academy of Art, lodging and stimulating young artists, among whom were Rembrandt, Flinck, and Jacob Backer. At the same time he operated an art store. A son of (2) Hendrick was (3) Gerrit Uylenburch, b. ca. 1625 at Amsterdam, d. ca. 1690 in England. He married Elisabeth Just, a Mennonite of Königsberg, and continued his father's art business, which under his leading became known at home and abroad. Gerrit Uylenburch, who was also an artist and made a self-portrait, was considered the best art connoisseur of his time. In 1645 he was baptized into the Amsterdam Waterlander Mennonite congregation. In 1681 he became bankrupt and moved to England. His brother (4) Abraham Uylenburch, who died at Dublin, Ireland, in 1688 where he was a court painter, was probably not a Mennonite. Another son of (1) Gerrit's was the painter (5) Rombout van Uylenburch, b. ca. 1590 at Krakow, d. ca. 1628 at ?. From about 1610 he lived at Danzig, Prussia; one of his paintings was a portrait of the Mennonite elder Jan Gerrits van Emden.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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