Dutch family of artists of Flemish origin. The most famous member of the family, (1) Karel van Mander I, although a noted painter and draughtsman, is known primarily as the author of the Schilder-boeck (‘Book of painters’), which follows the example of Vasari's Vite (van Mander is sometimes referred to as the ‘Dutch Vasari’) and includes biographies of Italian and northern European artists as well as containing practical advice. His son Karel van Mander II (b Kortrijk, c. 1579; d Delft, 13 June 1623) was a tapestry designer who worked for Christian IV of Denmark, and his grandson Karel van Mander III (b Delft, 1610; d Copenhagen, bur 6 April 1670) also worked at the Danish court, as a portrait painter and decorative artist.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.