Maerten van Heemskerck

Maerten van Heemskerck

Self-portrait detail from his painting of the Colosseum

Years of life: 1498 – 1574
Artist's Teachers: Cornelius Willemsz, Jan van Scorel
Art Movement: Mannerism (Late Renaissance)
Genre: Mythology , Portrait , Religious
Country: Netherlands
Century: XVI

At one time he was Haarlem’s leading artist. He created portraits, altarpieces on mythological subjects. A trip to Rome in 1532-1536 totally transformed his works. Note the classical profiles of the portrait subjects; the muscular, Michelangelo-inspired figures; the emotional (but unrealistically depicted) faces, gestures, and vivid colors (hot reds, strong pinks, turquoise blue). He adopted Italian idealization rather than to Northern realism.

Maerten van Heemskerck’s major works are The Crucifixion, c. 1530 (Detroit Institute of Arts); Portrait of a Lady with a Spindle and Distaff, c. 1531 (Madrid: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza)ю

 

References:

  1. Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.

Artworks:

  • Momos Reproaches the Works of the Gods

    1561

    Momos Reproaches the Works of the Gods  •  1561

  • The Fall of Man

    1530

    The Fall of Man  •  1530

  • Adam and Eve

    1550

    Adam and Eve   •  1550

  • The Erythraean Sibyl

    1564

    The Erythraean Sibyl   •  1564

  • Saint Lucas painting the Virgin with Child

    1545

    Saint Lucas painting the Virgin with Child   •  1545

  • Pieter Jan Foppesz. and his family, detail

    1530

    Pieter Jan Foppesz. and his family, detail  •  1530

  • Portrait of a Man

    1529

    Portrait of a Man  •  1529

  • Christ Crowned with Thorns

    1550

    Christ Crowned with Thorns  •  1550

  • Portrait of Reinerus Frisius Gemma

    1540-1545

    Portrait of Reinerus Frisius Gemma  •  1540-1545

  • Pieter Jan Foppesz. and his family

    1530

    Pieter Jan Foppesz. and his family  •  1530

  • Portrait of a Woman

    1529

    Portrait of a Woman  •  1529

  • Portrait of a Woman

    1540-1545

    Portrait of a Woman  •  1540-1545

  • The lamentation over the dead Christ

    1540-1543

    The lamentation over the dead Christ  •  1540-1543

  • The Annunciation

    1546-1547

    The Annunciation  •  1546-1547

  • The triumph of Bacchus

    1536-1537

    The triumph of Bacchus   •  1536-1537

  • Self-portrait

    1553

    Self-portrait  •  1553

  • The Entombment

    1559-1560

    The Entombment  •  1559-1560

  • Portrait of a lady spinning

    1529-1530

    Portrait of a lady spinning   •  1529-1530

  • Saint Lucas painting the Virgin with Child

    1532

    Saint Lucas painting the Virgin with Child   •  1532

  • Venus and Cupid

    1545

    Venus and Cupid  •  1545

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