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Marinus van Reymerswale

active 1533 - 1545

Marinus van Reymerswale is known mainly for his satirical paintings. There are three types of subject – the Banker and his Wife (after Massys), the Tax Gatherers, of which the National Gallery has the best example, and Saint Jerome (after Dürer). His marked gift for caricature probably derives from Leonardo through the work of Massys, with whom Marinus would have become familiar in Antwerp.

The son of a painter, who was recorded in Antwerp in 1475, Marinus is thought to have been trained by a glass painter there in 1509. There are signed paintings by him from 1538 to 1547, but little is known of his life. His banishment from Middleburgh in 1567 is apparently the last known record of him.