Adriaen de Weerdt

(c. 1510—1590)

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(b Brussels, c. 1510; d Cologne, c. 1590). Flemish painter, draughtsman and engraver. He studied in Antwerp with Christiaen van de Queborn (c. 1515–78) and painted landscapes in the manner of Frans Mostaert. De Weerdt went to Italy c. 1560, probably visiting Rome and Venice. After his return to the Netherlands he moved to Brussels where he soon became a successful painter. His style reflected the influence of such Italian artists as Parmigianino (1503–40), whose work he had studied during his stay in Italy. Bénézit referred to a series of paintings showing the Life of the Virgin. Thieme–Becker mentioned only two paintings attributable to the artist (a Madonna, Kassel, Schloss Wilhelmshöhe, and a grisaille representing the Life of the Virgin, Warsaw, N. Mus.) and a few drawings: a Landscape (Amsterdam, Rijksmus.) and four sheets with scenes from the Story of Ruth (Vienna, Albertina). In 1566, de Weerdt moved to Cologne, where he probably met the sculptor Willem Danielszoon van Tetrode, as de Weerdt published a print of a now lost sculpture group by van Tetrode (Venus, Jupiter and Mercury; c. 1574).

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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