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Jan Gossaert

Jan Gossaert

Date of Birth: c1478

Sometimes called Mabuse (adopted from his birthplace, Maubeuge), Gossaert played an important role in enriching a Northern Renaissance style with Italian features and is considered one of the first important Netherlandish Romanists. Little is known of his early life but a visit to Rome in 1508/09 whilst working with Philip of Burgundy, radically affected his output, and indeed Flemish art. He adopted ideas from classical art and from 16th-century works and created statuesque nudes in pictures such as the Adam and Eve. In 1515, Philip of Burgundy invited Gossaert to decorate the Soubourg palace near Middelburg and he also produced a varied collection of impressive portraits. He retired to Middelburg and died in Antwerp in 1532.

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