Jacques Bellange

(c. 1575—1616)

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(b ?Bassigny, c.1575; d Nancy, 1616).

French painter, etcher, draughtsman, and designer, active in Nancy, where he worked for the Dukes of Lorraine from 1602. Much of his time was taken up with ephemeral decorative work and only a few surviving paintings are attributed to him, including the Lamentation (Hermitage, St Petersburg) and the Stigmatization of St Francis (Mus. Historique, Nancy). His reputation now rests mainly on his etchings, which are among the finest of their time and represent the final flowering of the Mannerist tradition. They are mainly on religious subjects, with very elegant, elongated figures—highly artificial in style yet expressing an intense mystical feeling. He also produced a few prints on genre subjects, which are more naturalistic in style, notably the Blind Hurdy-Gurdy Player.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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