Jacob van Oost

Jacob Van, The Elder Oost (b bruges, bapt july 1603; d bruges, 1671). flemish painter. he was probably a pupil of his brother frans van oost (d c. 1625) and became a master in the bruges painters’ guild in 1621; he then went to italy, returning to bruges by 1628. he was a prolific artist, producing mainly counter-reformation altarpieces for the numerous churches and monasteries in and around bruges and portraits of prominent local citizens, primarily members of the various municipal corporations. a smaller group of paintings, mostly with secular themes, must have been intended for private individuals and possibly for the open market. he was named official painter of the city in 1651, a position he held until his death.


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