(b Amsterdam, c.1592; d ?Delft, ?1650). Dutch painters, brothers. Jan visited Italy c.1605–7 (he was there at the same time as Lastman) and again about ten years later. On stylistic grounds it is likely that Jacob too went there at some time. Both of them produced small-scale history paintings in the manner of Elsheimer, and both of them usually signed their works ‘J. Pynas’, causing difficulties in differentiating their hands. Rembrandt is said to have studied briefly with Jacob.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)
"Pynas, Jan" The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists. Ed Ian Chilvers. Oxford University Press 2009 Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press.