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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.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.



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