German family of painters of Flemish origin.
(1) Nicolas Juvenel I [Nicolas Nicolai] (b Dunkirk, Flanders, before 1540; d Nuremberg, 1 Aug 1597). Between 1550 and 1554 he worked on the decoration of the castles of Mariemont, near Mons, and Binche (both destr. 1554). As a Calvinist refugee from religious persecution he went to Kassel, where the future Landgrave William IV (reg 1567–92) recommended that he go to Nuremberg. He arrived there with other Protestants from the Netherlands in 1561 and was granted citizenship that year. He first distinguished himself as an architectural painter, praised especially for his views of churches and temples in which he placed biblical characters as staffage figures, as in his panel painting of the Interior of a Church (ex-Paulus Praun priv. col., Nuremberg, 1797; see von Murr, no. 95). Foremost among his patrons in Nuremberg were the Tucher family, for whom in 1572 he restored the epitaph of Lorenz Tucher (d 1503) and the Sacra Conversazione (Nuremberg, St Sebaldus) by Hans Süss von Kulmbach. Also in 1572 he painted the portrait of Ludwig of Bavaria (Munich, Bayer. Nmus.), subsequently Elector Ludwig VI of the Palatinate.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.