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  • BRUYN, Barthel
    c.1492/3-1555






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  • Barthel Bruyn was a Cologne painter, chiefly of portraits. His religious works are much influenced by Netherlandish painters of the late 15th century, and his portraits, which are grimly realistic represntations of unaristocratic sitters, are very close to those of Joos van Cleve. In 1515-16 he is documented as a painter of altarpieces, and the Xanten Altar was commissioned in 1529. His career, 1515-55, invites parallels with Holbein and Lucas van Leyden, although a beautiful Nativity of 1516 (Frankfurt) is closer to Geertgen.

    There are works in Cologne (Mus., churches), churches in Essen and Xanten, and in Antwerp, Basle, Berlin, Brussels, Cambridge Mass. (Busch-Reisinger), Copenhagen, Dresden, Frankfurt (Stadel), Goteborg, Gotha, The Hague, Hanover, Leipzig, London (NG, Courtauld Inst.), Munich, New York (Met. Mus.), Oberlin Ohio, Ottawa, Paris (Louvre), Prague, Siena, Toronto, Vienna, York and several other German museums.

  • Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (Penguin Reference Books)
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