Jacob van Utrecht

(c. 1480—1530)

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(b ?Utrecht, c. 1480; d ?Lübeck, after 1530). North Netherlandish painter, active in the southern Netherlands and Germany. Presumably after initial training as a painter in Utrecht, he moved to Antwerp, where he became a master in the Guild of St Luke in 1506. The Antwerp archives mention as his pupils Jasper de Vos in 1511 and Heynken Francx in 1512. Dating from the following year is the earliest work attributed to him, a triptych with the Descent from the Cross (1513; Berlin, Gemäldegal.). Surprisingly, it shows little evidence of the influence of the great Antwerp masters. Instead, the presence of many over-populated subsidiary scenes alongside the main events suggests a knowledge of Westphalian painting. The artist was also inspired by prints of Albrecht Dürer's graphic work.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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