Oost, Jacob Van, the Younger

Oost, Jacob van, The Younger, son and pupil of the preceding, was born at Bruges in 1637. At twenty years of age his father sent him to Italy to complete his education, and, after having resided there several years, he returned to Flanders an able and accomplished designer. He painted some pictures for the churches at Bruges, and then settled permanently a Lille, where he acquired a distinguished reputation, and where are the greater part of his works. His historica pictures, like those of his father, are admirably composed, partaking more of the Roman than the Flemish school. Among his best works are the Martyrdom of St. Barbara, in the church of'St. Stephen; and the Transfiguration, in the church of St. Savior, at Lille He was less eminent than his father as a historical painter, but excelled him in portraits, which some have not hesitated to rank with those of Vandyck. Jacol van Oost, Jun., died in 1713. See Spooner, Biog. Hist of the Fine Arts, vol. ii, s.v.; and Descamps, referred to in the preceding article.

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