Jan Gossaert

active 1503; died 1532
Jan Gossaert, sometimes called Mabuse, is often described as a pioneering 'Romanist': he was one of the first Flemish artists to travel to Italy, and to use aspects of Italian art in the Netherlands. His most impressive early panel, the Gallery's 'Adoration of the Kings', is a huge work in which splendid detail is marshalled into a coherent and compelling whole.

Gossaert was also a notable portraitist. In 1503 he became a member of the painters' guild in Antwerp. He worked for Philip of Burgundy, with whom he travelled to Italy in 1508, and from then on enjoyed noble patronage. Dating his pictures remains difficult. A large proportion of his later work consists of penetrating portraits, of which the Gallery has a fine and varied group. In these the attention to detail of the Northern portrait tradition is retained.

Gossaert's experience of Italian art, however, radically affected his output. He adopted ideas from classical art and from 16th-century works, and created statuesque nudes, in pictures such as the 'Adam and Eve' on loan to the Gallery from the Royal Collection.

Related paintings

A Man holding a Glove
Jan Gossaert
about 1530-2
A Man holding a Glove
Adam and Eve
Jan Gossaert
about 1520
Adam and Eve
An Elderly Couple
Jan Gossaert
about 1520
An Elderly Couple
Man with a Rosary
Jan Gossaert
about 1525-30
Man with a Rosary
The Adoration of the Kings
Jan Gossaert
1510-15
The Adoration of the Kings
The Virgin and Child
Jan Gossaert
1527
The Virgin and Child
The Adoration of the Kings
Circle of Jan Gossaert
early 16th century
The Adoration of the Kings
The Magdalen
Follower of Jan Gossaert
early 16th century
The Magdalen

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