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Flemish, 16th century, male.

Active in Amsterdam in 1553.

Died 1575.

Painter, draughtsman. Architectural views, church interiors.

Flemish School.

Hendrick Aerts painted and decorated church interiors, one of which was engraved by J. Londerseel.

London, 1 Dec 1978: Interior of an Imaginary Cathedral during a Procession...

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Italian, 15th century, male.

Born 1418, in Florence; died before 1498, in Perugia.

Sculptor, architect. Religious subjects.

Florentine School, Perugian School.

The son of the weaver Antonio di Duccio, Agostino d'Antonio di Duccio produced works in marble and terracotta of the Della Robbia type. His earliest known works are four low reliefs in Modena Cathedral. While living in Florence in ...

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Italian, 13th century, male.

Active in Modena.

Sculptor. Religious subjects.

The son of Anselme and the nephew of Arrigo, Alberto da Campione was employed as an architect in the building of Modena Cathedral until after 1244.

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German, 16th century, male.

Born 1502, in Paderborn (Westphalia); died c. 1558, in Soest.

Painter, designer of ornamental architectural features, engraver. Religious subjects, portraits.

Some biographers cite Heinrich Aldegrever's birthplace as the town of Paderborn, Germany, where his parents lived, while others claim it as Soest. He certainly lived in Soest after having completed his studies. In his study of the 'Little Masters' (so called because they engraved mostly small plates), Albert Rosemberg disputes that he studied under Dürer. Rosemburg even claims that he had never been to Nuremberg, despite van Melder's confirmation that Aldegrever worked at the high altar of a church in the town. It is indisputable, however, that Dürer strongly influenced him. Other artists who influenced him are Barthel Beham and Georg Pencz....

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German, 16th century, male.

Born c. 1480, in Altdorf, in Regensburg according to some sources; died 1538, in Regensburg.

Painter, watercolourist, engraver, draughtsman, architect. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, hunting scenes, landscapes, landscapes with figures.

Danube School.

Albrecht Altdorfer could be considered as important an artist as Dürer. He probably acquired basic artistic skills while working with his father Ulbrich, who is known to have became a burgher of Regensburg in 1478. Albrecht is also believed to have studied the art of miniature painting. Almost all of his artistic activity took place in Regensburg where he worked from 1508 in various official capacities, playing an active role in the public life of the town. In 1526 he was nominated as the town's architect and directed building works on the ramparts and slaughterhouses. He also became a member of the town council....

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Italian, 15th century, male.

Born c. 1434, probably in Padua; died c. 1496, probably in Padua.

Sculptor, architect. Religious subjects, animals. Low reliefs, church decoration, funerary monuments.

Venetian School, Paduan School.

Bellano is said to have studied under Donatello, in Padua, and followed his master to Florence in ...

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Flemish School, 16th century, male.

Born 1550, in Antwerp or in Breda; died 1584, in Rome.

Painter, draughtsman. Religious subjects, hunting scenes, landscapes, urban landscapes, architectural views. Frescoes.

This artist was probably the son of Mattheus Bril the Elder and the older brother of Paul Bril. He must have been very young when he went to Italy, since there is no trace of his name in Antwerp or any other town in the Netherlands. Bril appears to have gained a considerable reputation in Italy, and is cited as the painter of several frescoes in the Vatican, where he was commissioned to decorate two rooms. For the Sala del Consistorio he painted four pictures of ...

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Gordon Campbell

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Spanish, 16th century, male.

Born 1538, in Cordova; died 28 July 1608, in Cordova.

Painter, sculptor, architect. Religious subjects, portraits.

School of Cordova.

Pablo de Céspedes initially studied theology, then Oriental languages. He began painting during a trip to Rome, under the direction of one of Michelangelo's pupils. While he was in Rome he painted a number of frescoes in various chapels, which were so successful that he was nicknamed the 'Spanish Raphael'. He was offered a canonicate in his home town and returned to Cordova in 1575 or 1577, before settling there permanently after a second trip to Rome in 1583. It was there that he painted his ...

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Cimabue  

Italian, 13th century, male.

Born between 1240 and 1250, in Florence; died 1302, in Pisa.

Painter, fresco artist, architect. Religious subjects.

Tuscan School, Florentine School.

We can only take Vasari's word for it that Cimabue was born in 1240, but the date seems plausible. He is known to have been in Rome in ...

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Flemish School, 16th century, male.

Born 1525, in Antwerp; died 1589.

Painter, watercolourist, engraver, draughtsman. Religious subjects, landscapes, urban landscapes, architectural views, seascapes.

Antwerp School.

He was a pupil of his father, Willem, and of Frans Floris. He went to Italy to work from nature, and when he returned to Antwerp in 1551, became a Master of the Guild. He married in Antwerp on 2 July 1555 and had two sons who were both painters, Gillis and Hans. He painted the landscapes of paintings by Frans Floris and by his brother, Marten....

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Flemish School, 16th century, male.

Born 1507, in Antwerp, in 1527 according to some sources; died 1557, in 1581 according to some sources.

Draughtsman, engraver, designer of ornamental architectural features. Religious subjects, genre scenes, scenes with figures, rustic scenes, local scenes (kermesses).

Antwerp School.

He was the brother of Hendrick van Cleve III. A pupil of his father, Willem, and Frans Floris, he became a Master of the Antwerp Guild in ...

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Crocket  

John Thomas

[Fr. croc, crochet: ‘hook’]

Decorative device used in Gothic art and architecture, attached to a capital or a gable, an arch, piece of tracery or coping. The term was used in medieval England in the forms crockytt and crockett. English writers of the Gothic Revival period, however, suggested a connection with the crook, noting that some of the earliest English examples take the form of the pastoral crosier, but this is probably a misinterpretation.

Crocket capitals developed during the period of transition from Romanesque to Gothic architecture from the mid-12th century, with small curled, twisted fronds of vegetation projecting from the body of the capital, in a form suggesting the much older use of curved floral decoration in the Corinthian order (see Orders, architectural, §I, 1, (iii)). After c. 1250 the crocket emerged as a curve of foliage that twisted or hooked back, turning the opposite way to the arch or gable out of which it rose, reminding Gwilt of ‘the buds and boughs of trees in the spring season’. In the course of its development, the crocket lost its hook-shape and began to curve upwards rather than downwards, becoming richer and more florid. Thus after ...

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Cusp  

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Virginia Jansen

Town in Bavaria, Germany. A Hohenstaufen possession, it was a free imperial city by the 13th century, and in the 1370s the walls were expanded to their present extent. The parish church of St Georg, one of the most famous Late Gothic, south German hall churches, dominates the town at the main crossroads; its south side, facing the old Town Hall and cemetery, was originally the show side. Civic pride is evident in the building, symbols of the bakers’ and coopers’ guilds in the east window demonstrating the importance of the guilds, which shared power with the patrician families from the late 14th century.

The earliest known church on the site of St Georg was built in the 12th century. The existing west tower was added c. 1220–30, and in the second half of the 14th century the church was expanded to include a six-bay nave of nearly the same dimensions as the present one and a single-aisled choir terminating in a five-sided apse. The present church, slightly off the axis of its predecessor, was founded in ...

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French, 16th century, male.

Born 1510, probably in Paris; died after 1584, in Annecy or in Geneva.

Draughtsman, engraver. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, architectural views, interiors. Ornaments.

Fontainebleau School (related to).

Du Cerceau's parents' surname was Androuet; the name Du Cerceau came from a distinctive ring that hung from the top of their house in Orléans, and was added to his surname by Jacques Androuet himself. He spent most of his life in Orléans, where he lived in the family home. Many of his works are dated. Certain biographers maintain that he studied under Étienne Delaulne, but the similarity between his work and the work of Léonard Thiry implies that he trained at Thiry's school. He visited Italy with George d'Armagnac, Francis I's ambassador to the Venetian Republic. On his return, in 1546 or 1547, he won sponsors in the royal family and in the nobility. He is believed to have retired to Switzerland and the Savoie region of France. A Protestant, he suffered persecution, and requested leave from the King....

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French, 12th century, male.

Died 29 December 1163.

Sculptor. Religious subjects.

Architect and Bishop of Metz, this artist was also known as a sculptor. He decorated the high-altar choir of his cathedral and restored the churches of St-Pierre-aux-Images and Notre-Dame-la-Ronde.

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Giotto  

Italian, 13th – 14th century, male.

Born 1266/1267, in Colle di Vespignano (Tuscany); died 8 January 1337, in Florence.

Painter, fresco artist, architect. Religious subjects.

Florentine School.

Giotto is regarded by most to be the founder of the central tradition of Western painting. His work broke away from the stylisations of Byzantine art, introduced new ideals of naturalism, and created a convincing sense of pictorial space and drama. Giotto was duly recognised by his contemporaries, who imitated him and memorialised him in literary sources, and by later generations of artists....

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German, 15th – 16th century, male.

Born c. 1450, in Schmidmühlen; died 1518, in Munich.

Architect, sculptor. Religious subjects, figures.

Bavarian School.

In 1480 he carried out 16 Carnival figures for the old Munich town hall, six of which are extant. No other works of the period evince such a grotesque humour, clearly dictated by the patron in question. Also sometimes attributed to him are the wooden busts representing the Prophets at the Church of Our Lady in Munich....

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French, 14th century, male.

Sculptor, architect.

In 1326 he decorated the portal of the church of St-Sépulcre in Paris with the statues of Christ and the Twelve Apostles, and low reliefs of The Entombment and The Resurrection