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However, paintings from the same period by the Antwerp artist

What did it mean to be a painter in the 16th century? What was the artist&amp#39s social status and was painting still considered an artisanal trade? At the same time, he succeeded in freeing himself from the legacy of the Flemish Primitives by not using the glaze which had made northern painters famous.

Henceforth, Hals drew gradually closer to traditional subjects and stored away his drinking glasses and his tableware. the same time he diminished the intensity, the vividness of his themes, a greater simplicity appeared in his , and he took more and more liberty with his painting. His palette lost a good deal of its lustre. But through decades of work he had evolved a remarkably broad range of blacks and whites to choose from, and these colours were sufficient for what he wanted to show.Please note that ou

can be seen at the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerp from October 15th to December 31st 2005 and at the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht from January 12th to April 9th 2006. It is the first retrospective to be devoted to the phenomenon of the ‘Antwerp mannerists’. Peter van den Brink (Aachen, Suermond-Ludwig Museum) was charged with selecting forty paintings and the same number of drawings from European collections. Most of the highly accomplished drawings are leaving the drawers of print ga

13. For self-portraits by Sweerts mentioned in contemporary documents--which may or may not be identical to the present work--see note 3. Collection Edward Twopenny, Woodstock Castle, Sittingbourne, Kent

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