Lucas Van Valkenborch


Artist Biography:

Lucas van Valckenborch I was a member of a large family of painters from Louvain who left the southern Netherlands following the Spanish occupation and took refuge in Germany for political and religious reasons. The first reference to the artist dates from 1560 when he is registered as a painter in the guild of Saint Luke in Malines, while four years later he accepted Jaspar van der Linden as an apprentice. In 1566 Van Valckenborch fled first to Liège then to Aachen where his brother, the painter Marten van Valckenborch, was living. Van Valckenborch’s style is close to that of Pieter Bruegel who was ten years his senior. His most important works were landscapes although he also made significant contributions to the genre of portraiture. His landscapes combine a use of traditional Flemish compositions with sweeping panoramas presented from a high viewpoint, but they are based to a greater degree than those of his predecessors on a direct observation of nature and his landscapes include depictions of real places such as Liège, Burschied, Antwerp and Vienna.

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