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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.).

 



Jupiter et Danae
 

 


Supper at Emmaus


 

 

The Battle Between the Gods and the Titans

1600
Oil on copper
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago



 

Perseus and Andromeda

1611
Oil on canvas, 180 x 150 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris



 

Adoration of the Shepherds



 

Loth und seine Tochter
 

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