The High Renaissance





Joachim Wtewael



Joachim Wtewael

(b Utrecht, 1566; d Utrecht, 1 Aug 1638).

Dutch painter and draughtsman. He was one of the last exponents of MANNERISM. From c. 1590 until 1628, the year of his latest known dated paintings, he employed such typical Mannerist formal devices as brilliant decorative colour, contrived spatial design and contorted poses. He sometimes combined such artifice with naturalism, and this amalgam represents the two approaches Dutch 16th- and 17th-century theorists discussed as uyt den geest (‘from the imagination’) and naer ’t leven (‘after life’). Wtewael’s activity reflects the transition from Mannerism to a more naturalistic style in Dutch art. Slightly over 100 of his paintings and about 80 drawings are known. Subjects from the Bible and mythology predominate; he also painted several portraits, including a Self-portrait (1601; Utrecht, Cent. Mus.).


Mars and Venus Discovered by the Gods

Oil on copper, 20,2 x 15,5 cm
Private collection


Mars and Venus Discovered by the Gods (detail)
Private collection



Oil on oak panel, 83 x 73 cm
Private collection


The Judgment of Paris

Wood, 60 x 79 cm
National Gallery, London


Kitchen Scene

Oil on canvas, 65 x 98 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

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