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Ambrosius Benson was an Italian painter who became a part of the Northern Renaissance.
While many surviving paintings have been attributed, there is very little known of him from records, and he tended not to sign his work. He is believed to be responsible for mainly religious art, but also painted portraits on commission. He sometime painted from classical sources, often setting the figures in modern-dress, or a contemporary domestic setting. In his lifetime he was successful; he had a large workshop, his work was sold internationally and he was especially popular in Spain.
Lucas Gassel was a Flemish Renaissance landscape painter.
Gassel was a humanist, socialized with other humanists in the Netherlands, and was a well-known and successful artist. Gassel's extant paintings depict distant landscapes, often with famous episodes from the Bible depicted in the foreground, such as the Escape to Egypt, or characters from classical mythology, such as Pyramus and Thebes. His drawings and engravings with scenes from court and everyday life are also well known.
Jan Havickszoon Steen was a Dutch painter of the Golden Age, a member of the Harlem and Leiden Guilds of St. Luke. Steen is one of the most important Dutch genre painters of his time. Most of his several hundred paintings focus on human morality with the aim of teaching the viewer a moral lesson. They often refer to proverbs or old Dutch literary texts. In addition to genre paintings, Sten explored a variety of subjects: he painted historical, mythological and religious scenes, still lifes and landscapes.
David Teniers the Younger was a Flemish Baroque painter, printmaker, draughtsman, miniaturist painter, staffage painter, copyist and art curator. He was an extremely versatile artist known for his prolific output. He was an innovator in a wide range of genres such as history painting, genre painting, landscape painting, portrait and still life. He is now best remembered as the leading Flemish genre painter of his day. Teniers is particularly known for developing the peasant genre, the tavern scene, pictures of collections and scenes with alchemists and physicians.
He was court painter and the curator of the collection of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, the art-loving Governor General of the Habsburg Netherlands. He created a printed catalogue of the collections of the Archduke. He was the founder of the Antwerp Academy, where young artists were trained to draw and sculpt in the hope of reviving Flemish art after its decline following the death of the leading Flemish artists Rubens and Anthony van Dyck in the early 1640s. He influenced the next generation of Northern genre painters as well as French Rococo painters such as Antoine Watteau.
Jan Josephsz. van Goyen was a Dutch landscape painter and draftsman of the Golden Age, a member of the Guild of St. Luke of Leiden, and a representative of the so-called tonal landscape. Van Goyen specialized in landscape painting and left many paintings depicting forest paths, rivers, lakes, and canals. He also painted peasant huts and the outskirts of towns.
Jan van Goin was one of the most prolific painters of the 17th century: some 1,200 paintings he created and some 800 drawings have survived.
Hendrik Jacobsz. Dubbels was a Dutch painter from the Gilded Age who specialised in seascapes and winter landscapes.
He spent most of his career working in the studios of other marine painters.
Roelant Savery was a Flanders-born Dutch Golden Age painter.
Savery primarily painted landscapes in the Flemish tradition of Gillis van Coninxloo, often embellished with many meticulously painted animals and plants, regularly with a mythological or biblical theme as background. He also painted multiple flower still lifes; bouquets in stone niches, sometimes with lizards such as Flowers with Two Lizards, insects or fallen petals and regarded as his best work.
His unique style of painting, related to the then reigning Mannerism, has been highly popular with collectors and can be found in many museums in Europe and North America. His preparatory drawings are also valued highly.
Willem van Mieris is a Dutch portrait painter who painted historical and genre scenes. He worked in the tradition of the Leiden art school founded by Gerard Dou.
Willem van Mieris became a member of Leiden's Guild of Artists of St. Luke's in 1683, after studying at his father's studio. In 1687, 1698, 1704 and 1708, he was the administrator of the Guild, and in 1699 he was elected its president.
In 1694, van Meeris, together with the painters Jacob Toorenvliet and Carel de Moor, founded the Leidse Tekenacademie, which existed in Leiden until 1736. Around this time Willem van Mieris became blind and stopped painting.
Cornelis van Poelenburgh was a Dutch landscape painter and draftsman of the Dutch Golden Age of painting. He was a leading representative of the first generation of Dutch landscape painters who worked in Rome in the early 17th century. In a group of fellow Dutch Bentvueghels he was nicknamed Satyr. Pulenbrüerg was known for his small paintings depicting Italian landscapes with small figures depicting biblical or mythological scenes.
Anthony van Dyck was a Brabantian Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England after success in the Southern Netherlands and Italy.
Leonardo da Vinci was the greatest Italian High Renaissance artist, architect, inventor, musician, engineer, and universal genius of mankind.
He grew up in the family of an indigent notary and a peasant woman. From an early age Leonardo showed extraordinary ability and talent in the field of art. In 1466, at the age of 14, Leonardo came to Florence and became a pupil of the famous artist Andrea del Verrocchio. During this period he developed his skills in various fields of art, from painting to sculpture, and also developed an interest in the sciences, anatomy and engineering.
Leonardo worked in various Italian cities including Milan, Rome, and Venice. His works include masterpieces such as the Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. The great artist was also a brilliant engineer and scientist. At court in Milan, he practiced engineering research, creating designs for bridges, war machines, and flying machines. Leonardo da Vinci offered scientists prototypes of a tank, flying machine, self-propelled carriage, searchlight, catapult, bicycle, parachute, mobile bridge and machine gun as early as the Middle Ages.
In addition to art and science, Leonardo was a polyglot, speaking several languages, and also engaged in anatomical studies. He studied the structure of the human body in detail and made numerous notes in his notebooks. His notes and drawings of inventions scribbled in his notebooks testify to his deep knowledge in various fields, ranging from anatomy and physics to engineering and architecture. The great master was an extraordinary thinker who conducted a bridge between art and knowledge.
Leonardo da Vinci's activity went beyond the framework of painting and architecture. His work is saturated with amazing harmony and intertwining of art and science, which makes his figure unique and inimitable in the history of mankind. Undoubtedly, Leonardo da Vinci left an indelible mark in the history of art, leaving a legacy that continues to inspire and amaze the world for several centuries. His work was an integral part of the golden age of art, bringing the world works of infinite beauty and majesty.