|The "ANTWERP SCHOOL"|
|Staying in Antwerp for a longer
while will enable you to visit also its very important State Museum
of Fine Arts and/or the superb Rubens'
|Many painters took over Rubens'
style, were often his collaborators and friends or his pupils. They often
specialised: some were excellent portrait painters, others mainly made
landscapes, or were flower-, animal- or still life-painter...
|Both are mainly known for an immense production of very detailed flower compositions, often completed with tiny insects of all kind, resting on leaves and twigs.|
|The "Madonna with Child",
surrounded by a splendid chaplet
of flowers, was one of their favourite themes.
|Frans SNYDERS ...|
|... was the Antwerp pioneer/ master as to the pure still life:
a table,a cupboard richly decorated with a glass jar, a nice cup, a cupper
a basket filled with all sorts of fruit.
Sometimes birds, a hare, hunting trophies lie exposed next to those objects.
|Snyders was unique in representing hunting scenes:wild animals, geese...
chased by furious hounds.
Rubens regularly asked him to complete mythological scenes or landscapes with such hunting activities.
|Cornelis DE VOS|
|He was Snyders' brother-in-law,
and wasn't just a famous Antwerp painter: as a merchant he also sold paintings of other masters.
|De Vos specialised in life-sized portraits: individuals or family
portraits of high class citizens and their children, of members of Antwerp
guilds and corporations (f.i. the one of Abraham Grapheus,
shown on the right)
His work was of high technical quality.
For that matter, Van Dijck, Rubens and De Vos belonged to the very best.
|Jacob JORDAENS ...|
|Unlike these two, Jordaens was rather the painter of the commonalty; his models were family members or friends of his neighbourhood.On the other hand, like Rubens and some other Antwerp painters, he produced many fabulous baroque cartoons (coloured drawings), splendid compositions for tapestry, woven in weavers' workshops in Brussels, Antwerp and other cities of BRABANT.|
|worked many years for Rubens' workshop, later for Jordaens.
He mainly produced numerous large altarpieces and also allegorical and mythological compositions; sometimes he painted them after Rubens' concept.
|Next, who were Rubens PUPILS ?(click)|