|Jan Gossaert called Mabuse, Portrait of a Man (Jan Snoek?)|
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
6th October 2010 - 17th January 2011
The first major exhibition in forty-five years devoted to the Burgundian Netherlandish artist Jan Gossaert (ca. 1478-1532) brings together Gossaert's paintings, drawings, and prints and places them in the context of the art and artists that influenced his transformation from Late Gothic Mannerism to the new Renaissance mode. Gossaert was among the first northern artists to travel to Rome to make copies after antique sculpture and introduce historical and mythological subjects with erotic nude figures into the mainstream of northern painting. Most often credited with successfully assimilating Italian Renaissance style into northern European art of the early sixteenth century, he is the pivotal Old Master who changed the course of Flemish art from the medieval craft tradition of its founder, Jan van Eyck (ca. 1380/90–1441), and charted new territory that eventually led to the great age of Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640).
In the early sixteenth century, the Burgundian-Habsburg Netherlands—a geographical area that once encompassed present-day Belgium, Holland, and parts of Germany and France—experienced the rise of humanism, the birth of the Reformation, and constant struggles of territorial expansion among the ruling dynasties of Western Europe. The future Holy Roman Emperor Charles V was born in Ghent in 1500. After the untimely death of his father, Philip the Fair, in 1506, he was raised by his aunt, Margaret of Austria, governor-general and regent of the Netherlands, who held court in Mechelen. The economic power of Bruges was waning as Antwerp assumed new prominence, and artists traveled from place to place to establish a livelihood in the burgeoning art markets of the major Northern cities.
|Jan Gossaert, St Luke Painting the Virgin|
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
|Jan Gossaert, Venus|
Pinacoteca dell'Accademia dei Concordi, Rovigo
The current exhibition is the first reappraisal in more than forty-five years of the extraordinary achievements of this versatile master. Viewed in the context of his contemporary milieu, Gossaert is celebrated as an artist of unsurpassed skill and remarkable originality. Technical examinations of the majority of his works have informed a reconsideration of his innovations as a painter, draughtsman, and printmaker.
Jan Gossaert: Conservation Discoveries by the Met Museum
It is not easy to imagine exactly how Gossaert came to the attention of Philip of Burgundy, illegitimate son of Duke Philip the Good and admiral of the Burgundian navy. In any event, Gossaert found himself in an entourage of sixty men accompanying Philip on an important diplomatic mission at the behest of Margaret of Austria, regent of the Netherlands, to Pope Julius II in Rome. The group set out on October 26, 1508, and, having made stops in Trent, Verona, Mantua, and Florence along the way, arrived in Rome on January 14, 1509.
|Jan Gossaert, Virgin and Child|
Cleveland Museum of Art
|Jan Gossaert, Portrait of a Nobleman (Charles of Burgundy?)|
Gemaeldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
|Jan Gossaert, Hercules and Deianara|
Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
|Jan Gossaert, Virgin and Child|
Museo del Prado, Madrid
|Jan Gossaert, Adam and Eve|
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
(extracts from the official exhibition guide)
|Jan Gossaert, Young Girl with Astronomic Instrument (Dorothea of Denmark?)|
National Gallery, London
Jan Gossaert's Renaissance official exhibition site
Jan Mabuse Wikipedia page
Jan Gossaert at Web Gallery of Art