Johannes van Bronckhorst

Johannes van Bronckhorst (1648–1727) was a Dutch Golden Age painter.

Johannes van Bronckhorst
Bronckhorst An Assembly of Exotic Birds, including Flamingoes, Parrots and a Lady Amherst Pheasant.jpg
An Assembly of Exotic Birds
Johannes Pietersz

Died1727 (aged 78–79)
Known forPainting


According to Houbraken, he learned to paint from his father Pieter van Bronckhorst, who died when he was thirteen. The young Bronckhorst was sent to work as a pastry baker for a cousin in Haarlem. He drew as a hobby, and it remained a hobby until he moved back to Hoorn to get married.


He specialized in painting plants, birds, and insects. Although he remained a pastry baker, he did very well with his watercolours, which were published in engravings and commemorated with a poem by Johannes Vollenhove.[1]

His pupils were Hendrik Graauw and Herman Henstenburgh.[2] Both Bronckhorst and Herman Henstenburgh worked for the Mennonite art collector and horticulturalist Agnes Block for whom they painted animals, insects and plants from her garden.


  1. ^ (in Dutch) Johannes Bronkhorst biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  2. ^ RKD entry on Johannes van Bronckhorst

External linksEdit

  Media related to Johannes Bronckhorst at Wikimedia Commons