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MICHAEL SWEERTS (1618-1664): SHAPING THE ARTIST AND THE ACADEMY IN ROME AND BRUSSELS. Lara Yeager-Crasselt. Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, 2015. Pictura Nova: Studies in 16th- and 17th-Century Flemish Painting and Drawing, 21. 340 pp. with 100 ills. (42 col.). 29 x 22 cm. ISBN 9782503555300 In English.
Publisher's description: The Flemish artist Michael Sweerts has long been considered one of the most fascinating and enigmatic painters of the seventeenth century. His peripatetic career, which stretched from his native Brussels to Rome, and later Amsterdam and the Far East, included work for the papal family and the foundation of a drawing academy in the Southern Netherlands. Despite this rich and varied career, Sweerts has yet to be fully examined within the artistic, intellectual and cultural contexts of Brussels and Rome in the seventeenth century. This book aims to retrace the artistic traditions that shaped Sweerts' development and evolution as a painter, etcher and teacher, firmly situating him at the crossroads of artistic exchange between the Netherlands and Italy. The author demonstrates how Sweerts responded to contemporary notions of artistic practice and pedagogy in his work, and how he played a critical role in the formation of a Netherlandish academic tradition. Approaching Sweerts from these new perspectives, this book examines the classicizing and artistic contexts of Brussels as a center of tapestry production, and reconstructs Sweerts' familial and social networks in the Netherlands and Rome
Artist(s):Sweerts, Michael
Indexing: Western, Europe — Belgium — 1600-1800 — Painting
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 167651
Hardcover $163.00    

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