Mancadan probably never travelled from his native Friesland to Italy, but he did paint idyllic, poetic, Italianate landscapes with shepherds.
About Jacobus Sibrandi Mancadan
Minnertsga 1602 – 1680 Tjerkgaast
Mancadan lived all his life in Friesland, in the North of the United Provinces. He is considered to have been the most important Frisian landscape painter of the Golden Age.
From 1634 until 1644 he lived in Franeker; he was burgomaster in the year 1634 and again from 1637 until 1640.
In 1644 he sold all his properties in Franeker and left for Leeuwarden, the capital of Friesland, where he remained until 1656 (some sources mention he stayed here until 1669). He was burgomaster of Leeuwarden in 1645.
Around 1669 he moved to Siegerswoude. But after the death of his wife in that same year Mancadan went to live with his daughter in Beetsterzwaag, while he did keep a workshop in Leeuwarden.
Jacobus Sibrandi Mancadan was a very wealthy owner of town houses, farms and land. His wife, Elske Mathijs, belonged also to a rich family. Eslke was befriended with Saskia Uilenburgh, who married in 1634 with Rembrandt. Both couples must have attended each other’s wedding. The first time that our painter called himself Macadan was in his own wedding documents, also in 1634 (but two weeks before Rembrandt) His father’s name was Sybrant Augustini.
Both Mancadan’s sons squandered the fortune that they had inherited from their parents:
- the first one was sacked as pastor in Oostwierum because of his bad behaviour related with women and alcohol;
- the second one was sacked as mint-master of Leeuwarden for forgery.
Mancadan specialised in landscape painting, especially in Italianate landscapes.
- According to most scholars he probably never visited Italy (nothing is known of any contacts between the Bentveughels in Rome and Mancadan).
- Others see in his absence in documents made at his father’s death in 1626, in which he is mentioned nor as his child, nor as his heir, proof that our painter lived at that time abroad (Italy?) and had already received his part of his father’s legacy before leaving.
Occasionally Mancadan also painted Frisian and Nordic, Swedish landscapes.
His style is very personal and easily recognizable, therefore it is generally thought he was an autodidact. Still, it is also possible that he was a pupil of Mozes van Uyttenbroeck in The Hague or of Lambert Jacobsz. in Leeuwarden.
His poetic Italianate landscapes are especially sought after for they combine a southern subject with a typical Dutch tonal style of painting, using a muted palette of brown, ochre and red tones. Usually Mancadan shows a mountainous landscape with shepherds and their herd, sometimes with a ruined, overgrown building. This painter from the flattest country in the world created his own idyllic, mountainous Italy.
Signed paintings by Mancadan are extremely rare and just a few of his works are monogrammed, but seeing the uniqueness of his style his paintings are very easily recognizable.
Our painting, which is monogrammed, can easily be compared in subject and style with other works by our painter.
Why should you buy this painting?
Because this is a beautiful example of this rare, very sought after poetic painter.