Flemish family of artists, active also in England. Egbert [Hegghebaert] Gheeraerts (d 1521) was a painter in Bruges. His son (1) Marcus Gheeraerts I was an etcher in Bruges, Antwerp and London, where he also painted portraits. (2) Marcus Gheeraerts II, the son of Marcus I, was one of the most important portrait painters in England between 1590 and 1620.(1) Marcus Gheeraerts I (b Bruges, c. 1520; d ?London, c. 1590). Printmaker and painter. He probably received his initial training from his stepfather, Simon Pieters (before 1552–6), whom his mother married after the death of his father Egbert. Marcus was admitted into the Bruges Guild of St Luke only in 1558, and it is therefore assumed that he first worked in another town or had a further period of training, perhaps with the Brussels painter Bernard van Orley and, after van Orley's death in 1543, in Antwerp with Hieronymus Cock or another engraver, at which time he met Lucas de Heere and Phili Galle. Gheeraerts's pupil in Bruges was Melchior d’Assonville (fl 1518–1621).
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.