Willem Boy

(c. 1520—1592)

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(b Mechelen, c. 1520; d Stockholm, 16 April 1592). Flemish sculptor and architect, active in Sweden. He is first recorded at the court of Gustav I Vasa (reg 1523–60) in 1557–8. Boy executed a gilded wood relief portrait of the King (Mariefred, Gripsholm Slott, Stat. Porträttsaml.), as well as his tomb (1562–83; Uppsala Cathedral). The latter, in red and white alabaster, is the earliest large-scale example of such a work in the Renaissance style in Sweden and is influenced by Dutch examples, with recumbent figures of the King and his two queens and an obelisk at each corner.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.