Johan Baptista van Uther

(fl. 1562)

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(fl Sweden, 1562; d Oct 1597). Netherlandish painter, active in Sweden. No signed works by van Uther are known, but, as court painter in Sweden from 1562, he is attributed with portraits of Catherine Stenbock, Dowager Queen of Sweden (1570s; Torpa Slott), John III Vasa, King of Sweden (1582; Siena, Pal. Reale) and Prince Sigismund of Sweden (c. 1585; Florence, Uffizi), all of which show the influence of the reserved, elegant court style of Antonis Mor. Van Uther's court duties also included teaching portrait painting. Among his pupils were Holger Hansson, who became his assistant, and possibly John III's son Sigismund. Van Uther may also have influenced the style of Cornelius Arendtz (fl 1608–55) (Steneberg).

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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