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POLITICS AS PAINTING: HENDRICK DE CLERCK (1560-1630) AND THE ARCHDUCAL ENTERPRISE OF EMPIRE. Katharina Van Cauteren. Uitgeverij Lannoo, Tielt, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Antique Collectors' Club, New York. 416 pp. with 312 ills. (215 col.). 30 x 26 cm. ISBN 9789401432399 In English.
This book was published to coincide with a related exhibition held at M-Museum Leuven but does not specifically document the show. Publisher's description: Apart from a handful of art historians no one has ever heard of the Brussels painter Hendrick De Clerck (1560-1630). Nevertheless, De Clerck was a contemporary of Peter Paul Rubens -- the latter having gone down in history as an artistic trailblazer and painting powerhouse, while Hendrick De Clerck has quietly faded into oblivion. Yet the subtly coded, vibrantly colored pictures that De Clerck painted for Archduke Albert of Austria and his wife Isabella are political propaganda of the highest order. In creating a mode of archducal representation that could help to gain an empire, the sky is quite literally the limit. De Clerck represents Isabella as wise Minerva, chaste Diana, the Virgin Mary. And that's nothing compared to her husband, for in De Clerck's paintings Albert is transformed into the sun god Apollo or even into Jesus Christ himself. Hendrick De Clerck's mastery of ingenious pictorial strategy made him a leading player in one of the most ambitious projects history has ever seen. For those who know how to read them, his paintings tell a story of power, political promises, and grandiose ambition. Most of all, they are supreme examples of image-building.
Artist(s):De Clerck, Hendrick
Indexing: Western, Europe — Belgium — 1400-1600, 1600-1800 — Painting
Plans: 73,54
Worldwide Number: 172163
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