Flemish family of artists, active throughout the Baltic countries. (1) Willem van den Blocke took Netherlandish Italianate Mannerist styles of monumental sculpture to the Baltic towns, where he and his workshop were responsible for several civic commissions. His eldest son, (2) Abraham van den Blocke, worked mainly in Gdańsk (Danzig) as a sculptor and architect, employing a large workshop. Willem's second son, (3) Izaak van den Blocke, a painter, is best known for his ceiling paintings (1608) in Gdańsk Town Hall (now Mus. Hist.) and a third son, Jakob van den Blocke (1576–1653), for his tower domes in Gdańsk.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.