Authors

Jan de Beer

Antwerp 1475 - Antwerp 1528

Jan de Beer is the only Mannerist who maintained his reputation after his death. Guicciardini includes de Beer in his list of famous artists from the Netherlands, placing him amongst the select company of the painters Quentin Metsys, Joos van Cleve and Joachim Patinir. Friedländer also conferred a privileged position upon him, deeming him one of the important Antwerp Mannerists. He was the son of Claus de Beer, born near Antwerp in 1475. In 1490 he was working as an apprentice in Gillis van Everen’s studio, a painter from Antwerp. After completing his apprenticeship, he probably worked as an officer in the army until being admitted as master in the St Lucas Guild. In 1508 he married Katline Weygers. They had one child, Aert, who followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a painter and stained glass window designer. After five years of membership with the Antwerp Guild of painters, de Beer achieved an important professional success, attaining the grade of headman, a post almost always held by the oldest members. In 1515, he was elected as dean of the Guild, a post he shared with the printer Godevaert Back. The artist and his studio produced devotional paintings, as well as triptychs and panels for the sides of altarpieces. During the period 1504 to 1528, Jan de Beer’s career exactly coincided with the flourishing of Mannerism in Antwerp.

 

The Nativity

The Nativity