Hugo Jacobszoon

(b. c. 1460)

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(b ?Koudekerck, nr Leiden, c. 1460; d Leiden, ?1534–8) North Netherlandish painter and draughtsman. Although there is archival information about the life of Hugo Jacobszoon, father of Lucas van leyden, nothing can be said with certainty about his artistic activity; van Mander called him an ‘outstanding painter in his time’. According to the archives of the Hieronymusdal monastery near Leiden, then an important artistic centre, between 1475 and 1481 he was an assistant to the painter Brother Tyman. By 1485 he was established as an independent artist in Leiden and in 1488 he is recorded as living in Gouda. He returned to Leiden before October 1494. Attempts (Dülberg, Gibson) to identify him with the south Netherlandish Master of the Turin Crucifixion, so-called after a triptych in the Museo Civico d’Arte Antica, Turin, have failed to find much support. More convincing is the identification with the master of the St john altarpiece, named after the three panels of an altarpiece in the St Janskerk, Gouda. These panels of c. 1512 show certain parallels with the early prints of Lucas van Leyden in the treatment of figures and landscape, but they do not seem to have exerted any influence on the style and painting technique of Lucas van Leyden who, according to van Mander, was apprenticed to his father Hugo Jacobszoon.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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