Hans Savery, also known as Jan, was born into a family of artists. He was the nephew of the artist Hans Savery the Elder, as well as well-known Flemish master, Roelandt Savery, and the son of artist Jacob Savery. Jacob and Roelandt migrated to the Northern Netherlands in the 1580s, settling first in Haarlem and then moving to Amsterdam. There is less information about the life of Hans, but it is known that he worked primarily in Amsterdam and most likely studied under his uncle Roelandt, joining Roelandt in Prague between 1610 and 1615 while he was still working at the royal court of Rudolf II. In 1619, he again followed his uncle to Utrecht, where they lived in the same house. As he shared so much of his life with Roelandt, it is unsurprising that we see in Hans a similar interest in the interpretation of nature via a distinctive Flemish flavor.