Hans van Mildert


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(b Köningsberg, Prussia [now Kaliningrad, Russia], bapt 17 Jan 1588; d Antwerp, 21 Sept 1638). Flemish sculptor. He was the son of the Antwerp painter Antoon van Mildert (d 1597), who had established himself in Köningsberg. After his father's death he returned to Antwerp, where in 1610 he became a free master in the Guild of St Luke. The monumental alabaster chimney-piece that he made in 1618 for the Marriage Chamber of Antwerp Town Hall is in the Mannerist style of Cornelis Floris and was possibly based on a drawing by him. From about this time van Mildert also began to work in the Baroque style of his friend Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), to whose design he constructed a black-and-white marble altar (1618) for Notre-Dame de la Chapelle, Brussels. This structure (now St Joost ten Noode, nr Brussels) was the first stone altar in the form of a portico in the Netherlands. Van Mildert also executed the famous arcaded screen wall at Rubens's house in Antwerp. Despite the Baroque nature of this architectural work, his figure sculpture continued to follow the undynamic forms of the Renaissance style. His statue of St Gummarus for the Baroque altar erected in 1620 in the church of that name at Lier is heavy in its proportions, unrealistic in detail and static in pose. Late works such as his St Simon (marble, 1638) in St Rombout, Mechelen, are, however, livelier and more realistic.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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