Gillis Congnet

(c. 1538—1599)

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(b Antwerp, c. 1538; d Hamburg, 27 Oct 1599). Flemish painter. The son of a goldsmith of the same name, he trained as a painter with Lambert Wenselyns (fl 1553) and possibly also with Antoon van Palermo (1503 or 1513– c. 1589), an Antwerp art dealer in whose house he lived (van Mander). In 1561 he became a free master in the Antwerp Guild of St Luke. Shortly afterwards he travelled to Italy, going first to Naples and Sicily and then to Terni, where he made frescoes with a painter named Stello. In 1568 he was registered as a member of the Accademia in Florence. He must have returned to Antwerp in 1570, for between that year and 1585 his name appears in the register of the city's Guild of St Luke, of which he became Dean in 1585. A year later, on the arrival of Alessandro Farnese, Duke of Parma, he moved to Amsterdam, where he was granted citizenship in 1589. Later he moved to Hamburg.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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