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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Marten de Vos: Saint Luke painting the Virgin Mary

Marten de Vos: Saint Luke painting the Virgin Mary
oil on panel, 1602
Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp
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A leading Antwerp artist, Marten de Vos (1532-1603) traveled to Italy and adopted the mannerist style. He was also highly influenced by the colors of Venetian painting, and might have worked in the studio of Tintoretto. Following the Protestant iconoclastic destruction in 1566, he was one of the artists largely responsible for redecorating churches with new altarpieces in Antwerp. He was also the founder of the Guild of Romanists, which brought together artists, connoisseurs and humanists who had traveled to Rome and appreciated its humanist culture. Among his fellows in the Guild we find names as Rubens, Snyders and Velvet Brueghel (wiki).

(Old Masters)



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