Quentin Massys Biography

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The paintings of the Flemish artist Quentin Massys (ca. 1465-1530) hark back to the works of his great predecessors but at the same time show an awareness of the Italian art of his own period.

Quentin Massys, also spelled Matsys or Metsys, was born in Louvain, the son of a blacksmith. He is traditionally thought to have been trained in that craft by his father. Art in Louvain while Massys was growing up was dominated by Dirk Bouts. Massys became a member of the painters' guild in Antwerp in 1491 and died there in 1530. He represented a current of painting that flourished in Antwerp at this time of its sudden new prosperity. Erwin Panofsky (1953) described this trend, "archaism of around 1500," as "a prelude to, in fact a fact of, the Renaissance in Netherlandish painting," which prevailed in the southern Netherlands.

The monumental Enthroned Madonna (Brussels), an early work by...

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