Audenaerd, Robert van or Audenaerde, or Auden-Aert, or Ouden-Aerd
Flemish School, 17th – 18th century, male.
Born 1663, in Ghent; died 1743, in Ghent.
Painter, engraver. Religious subjects, portraits, landscapes with figures.
After working with Mierhop and Hans van Cleef, Audenaerd went to Rome where he worked under the direction of Carlo Maratti. He experimented with engraving, and when he showed his efforts to Maratti the latter encouraged him to take it up as his speciality. The artist followed his advice and with Maratti's guidance he established an excellent reputation as an etcher and line engraver. Audenaerd reproduced many of Maratti's works; he specialised in reproductions of paintings but was equally successful with portraits. He returned to his native town of Ghent after an absence of 37 years and, interestingly, returned to painting with youthful enthusiasm, executing a number of important works after Maratti for the churches, convents and monasteries of Ghent. His chief works include ...