Karel Van Mander

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Mander, Karel Van


(also Carel van Mander). Born in 1548 in Meulebeke, Flanders; died Sept. 2, 1606, in Amsterdam. Dutch painter, poet, art historian, and art theorist.

Between 1569 and 1573, van Mander wrote religious dramas. He lived in Rome from 1573 to 1577. Upon his return to the Low Countries in 1583, he founded in Haarlem the first Dutch academy of arts with H. Goltzius and Cornelisz van Haarlem. Van Mander wrote The Painter’s Book, whose most interesting section was a collection of biographies of Dutch and German artists that was modeled on Vasari’s Lives. The book is an extremely important source for the study of 15th- and 16th-century Northern European art. Van Mander’s work as a theorist and painter (mythological and genre compositions) showed a tendency toward mannerism.


Het schilderboeck. Haarlem, 1604.
Het schilderboeck. [Utrecht, 1969.]
In Russian translation:
Kniga o khudozhnikakh. Moscow-Leningrad, 1940.


Noë, H. Carel van Mander en Italië. The Hague, 1954.