(b Montfoort, 1533–4; d Utrecht, 1583). Dutch painter and draughtsman. A portrait medallion (lead pencil; Leiden, Rijksuniv., Munt- & Penningkab.) made by Steven van Herwijck in 1560 gives Blocklandt's age as 26. His father was a burgomaster in Montfoort, and he first trained in Delft with his uncle Hendrick Sweerszoon, a portrait painter. From c. 1550 to 1552 he was one of Frans Floris's many pupils in Antwerp. After his marriage in 1552 to Geertgen Cornelis Meynertsdochter, Blocklandt moved to Delft. He is then unrecorded until April 1572, when he travelled from Utrecht to Rome in the company of a goldsmith from Delft. He returned in September of the same year, going first to Montfoort and later to Utrecht, where in 1577 he entered the saddlemakers’ guild, to which painters then belonged. In 1578 he was married for the second time, to Sus-anna Anthonis Reversdochter van Vreeswijk, who bore him three children. He lived the last years of his life in the monastery of St Catharine, which belonged to the Knights of St John in Utrecht. He was a friend of Willem Danielszoon van Tetrode, the Delft sculptor; among his pupils were Cornelis Ketel in Delft and Michiel van Mierevelt in Utrecht.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.