Cornelis Dusart (1660-1704)

More than Romeyn de Hooghe the name of Cornelis Dusart is to the general public only known as a street name. Yet he has in the history of caricature a great name by his highly expressive (nearly ad nauseam) exaggerated portraits. Born in Haarlem in 1660 he died there in 1704 . He was a... Continue Reading →


Romeyn de Hooghe (1645-1708)

Born in Amsterdam in 1645 he worked mostly in Haarlem. He was a nephew of the painter Pieter de Hoogh(e). The great heyday of painting was already over. Rembrandt died in 1669. In 1666 Hals, in 1649 van Ostade, Vermeer in 1675, in 1679 Jan Steen and Frans van Mieris in 1681. Romeyn de Hooghe... Continue Reading →

anonymous-The War of three Henry’s (1588-1594)

RELIGIOUS WARS IN FRANCE The religious wars in France were mixed with the political struggle between king and nobility and more an aristocratic movement than a popular movement as in Germany. The Protestant Reform in France was started by John Calvin (Jehan Cauvin 1509-1564); his adherents were called Huguenots. During this struggle pictorial satire became... Continue Reading →

Adriaan van de Venne (1589-1662)

Born in Delft, he moved later to Middelburg (Sealand). He was influenced by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. His most famous satirical painting "Fishing for Souls" (Zielenvisserij) originated in 1614 during the Twelve Years Truce (1609-1621). The broadening river Scheldt splits both parties. The painting is a satirical allegory of the Protestant-Catholic struggle in the Netherlands.... Continue Reading →

Pieter Bruegel (1525-1569)

Pieter Bruegel was (probably) born in the vicinity of Breda and died in Brussels.  According to others, the name Bruegel was derived from the name of the village Breugel near the present Eindhoven. He was influenced by Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516). During his life the struggle between the Catholic Church and the Reformation burst out. This struggle began in... Continue Reading →

Lucas Cranach (1472 – 1553)

Lucas Cranach (the elder) was famous in his time as painter in the beginning in the catholic and later in the lutheran tradition. But a great part of the catholic liturgy was preserved in the reformation of Luther. Lucas Cranach was a close friend of Marten Luther, made several portraits of the reformer and assisted... Continue Reading →

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