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Cornelis Engelbrechtsz.

(c. 1460—1527)


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(b Leiden, c.1460; d Leiden, Feb./Aug. 1527).

Netherlandish painter, active in Leiden, where he was the leading artist of his day. He was influenced by the fashionable Italianate style stemming from Antwerp, but his work has an emotional intensity that is Gothic rather than Mannerist in spirit. His compositions are crowded and lively, full of dramatic gestures and agitated movement; the figures are tall and slender, often wearing exotic costumes, and the colour is rich and resonant. He is closer to the Master of the Virgo inter Virgines than to any Antwerp artist. The altarpieces of the Crucifixion and the Lamentation in the Lakenhal Museum, Leiden, are typical of his work. In addition to religious subjects he painted a few portraits. Lucas van Leyden was his greatest pupil and tends to overshadow his achievements. The other pupils in his large studio included his three sons Pieter, Cornelis, and Lucas, as well as Lucas van Leyden's brother, Aertgen.

Subjects: Art.


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