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Jan van Wavere

(fl. c. 1514—1521)


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(flc 1514–1521/22). Netherlandish polychromer. The deaths of two painters named Jan Wavere are recorded in Mechelen in 1521 and 1522, and three early 16th-century Netherlandish carved wooden altarpieces are signed with the name Jan van Wavere. The altarpiece in the church of Jäder in Sweden bears an inscription on the border of the Virgin's robe in the carved Nativity scene, stating that the work was made in Mechelen in 1514 by Jannen Van Wavere; the name reappears with the date 1515 on the edge of the robe of a carved bishop in the uppermost of two carved altarpieces dedicated to the life of St Dymphna in the church of St Dymphna, Gheel, Belgium; the signature I. V. Wavere is stamped on to the small columns enclosing the central compartment of an undated carved altarpiece, originally from the church of Our Lady, Gdańsk, and now in the chapel of the Teutonic Knights, Vienna. The style of the carved sections of the three altarpieces varies widely and the painted shutters of the Jäder Altarpiece bear the signature of the Brussels painter Jan van Coninxloo II, suggesting that Jan van Wavere was neither the carver nor the artist responsible for the painted wings. The appearance of the artist's signature in conjunction with the Mechelen mark certifying the quality of the polychromy of the Vienna Altarpiece suggests instead that he was a polychromer, one of the very few during this period of sufficient reputation to sign his works. The polychromy of the carved sections of these three altarpieces has been subsequently renewed.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.



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