"Madonna In Majesty, Flemish Painter Late Sixteenth Century, Entourage From Marten De Vos"Flemish painter of the late 16th century
Entourage by Marten de Vos (Antwerp 1532 - 1603)
Madonna in Majesty with Child with angels, between Saints Catherine of Alexandria and Barbara
Oil on wood, 74 x 104 cm.
Back of the painting: coats of arms imprinted in sealing wax (see details)
With frame 86 x 116
private collection, Brussels
Details of the workhttps://www.antichitacastelbarco.it/it/prodotto/maestro-fiammingo-della-fine-del--500-maesta
In our gallery we present this splendid oil on panel, painted between the second half of the 16th and the early 17th century, of refined pictorial taste, depicting an articulated Virgin Enthroned with Child, angels and two Saints. They are Catherine of Alexandria and Barbara, both crowned and with their own iconographic attributes, the first with the gear wheel and the palm of martyrdom, the second with the tower in the background, the sword and also with the palm. Much revered since the beginning of the Catholic Church, they became above all a symbol of the strength of the Faith, since they immolated their lives to defend their religiosity.
The painter placed at the center of the composition the figure of the Virgin, seated, with the Child in her lap, radiated by a beam of light from above: the atmosphere that predominates from the composition is composed of sacredness and devotion, with the two hosts of angels on the sides of the Virgin and Child who pay homage to them with flowers and garlands, and arranged by recreating the almond (alluding precisely to the figure of Christ or the Madonna in Majesty).
The work, carried out on an oak table, typical support of the Flanders area, fully reflects the characteristic features of Flemish painting from the Golden Age; The style of the painting, the dynamic composition, the richness of intense colors, the realism in the observation and the rendering of the details are elements that would bring it back to the hand of a Flemish painter of the Antwerp school, with typical elements of the second half of the sixteenth century;
In particular, its stylistic features lead its origin to the entourage to the master Marten de Vos (Antwerp 1532 - 1603); as it emerges perfectly from our work, de Vos knew how to mix the traditional Flemish taste with the Italian characters, inherited from his apprenticeship at the workshop of Frans Floris and from his trip to Italy.
In observing the table and its details, one is amazed by the executive quality of this work, from which the liveliness of the colors, the attention to detail and an accentuated figurative precision emerge, so as to be able to definitely combine it with the narrow circle of the Flemish.
Biographical notes: Marten de Vos
Marten de Vos was born in Antwerp in 1532 and died there in 1604. He was active mainly in the period from 1547 to 1603 especially in the Netherlands and Italy. Generally it is signed with the Monogram LB (1551-1600). Marten de Vos' artistic figure followed the dictates of the Antwerp School. He was a pupil of the illustrious Flemish painter Frans Floris, who in turn was part of an Italianizing current, and then of Tintoretto. When in 1552 Marten de Vos went to Italy, he studied in Rome, Florence and, with Tintoretto, in Venice. Of this trip, among other works preserved in various museums, in Rome, in the Church of San Francesco a Ripa, in the first chapel you can admire the "Conception" work of 1555 by the Flemish painter.
After the death of Frans Floris in 1570, Marten de Vos became the most important artist in Antwerp. The altarpieces, which make up most of his production until 1579, are typically Mannerist, with refined and elegant compositions. Martin de Vos' workshop was the school for many Flemish painters who continued his work, even after his death, including Hendrik van Balen I, Hendrik de Clerck, Venceslao Cobergher, Pedro Perret and Lodewijk Toeput.
The table is in a good state of conservation.