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.
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Pieter Cornelisz van Rijck was one of the "important contemporary Painters" listed by Karel van Mander, artist biographer and chronicler of the Dutch Golden Age.
As Todd Richardson points out in his preface, the paintings of Pieter Bruegel the Elder have been the subject of continuous research since Karel van Mander first included him in his account of Dutch and Flemish painters in 1604.
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The young Hals displayed his talent for portraiture early on, and recognizing this gift, his parents secured his training with the most highly regarded local artist of the time, Karel van Mander.
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This sentiment was not shared by everyone, however, including, most famously, Carel van Mander, who in 1604 blamed Michelangelo for the introduction of this excessive modification of classical rules.
And Sellink usefully reminds the reader that the greater part of Bruegel's oeuvre is concerned with religious themes; Bruegel's reputation above all as a painter of peasant scenes is due in part to the numerous copies of his peasant pictures by his son Pieter the Younger, and perhaps most of all to the written account of Karel van Mander, the biographer of Netherlandish artists, who was particularly taken with Bruegel's interest in the life of farmers.
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Prague, wrote the painter and writer Karel van Mander in 1604, was the one city which the art lover must visit if he was to see all that was newest and best in contemporary Europe.
Nature was wonderfully felicitous in her choice when, in an obscure village in Brabant, she selected the gifted and witty Pieter Breughel to paint her and her peasants and to contribute to the everlasting fame of painting in the Netherlands," wrote Karel van Mander in his Book of Painters in 1604.