Jacob Huysmans (c. 1633–1696) was a Flemish portrait painter who, after training in his native Antwerp, immigrated to England before the Restoration. He became a feted court painter and attracted the patronage of the Portuguese born queen Catherine of Braganza, a Catholic like himself, of whom he painted several portraits. With his exuberant style, he was during his lifetime regarded as an important rival of the court painter Peter Lely who favored a more sober treatment of his sitters.
Jacob Huysmans Portrait of a Lady, as Diana?c.1674
Baroque was the dominant style in art and architecture of the seventeenth century, characterized by self-confidence, dynamism and a realistic …