Sebastian Vrancx

Sebastian Vrancx

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Sebastian Vranckx (also: Sebastiaan Vrancx, Sebastiaen Vrancx - ) (22 January 1573 – 19 May 1647) was a Flemish Baroque painter and etcher of the Antwerp school.

Biography

He was an apprentice in the workshop of Adam van Noort, who also trained many illustrious painters such as Peter Paul Rubens, Jacob Jordaens and Hendrik van Balen. He also visited the workshop of the Antwerp painter Paul Bril in Rome around 1600.

He was esteemed as one of the main painters of battle scenes, and works by Vranckx were in the collection of Peter Paul Rubens.Muller, Jeffrey M., Rubens: The Artist as a Collector, Princeton, 1989, ISBN 0691002983. As a collaborator he worked at times with Jan Brueghel the Elder. and together with Rubens, Frans Francken the Younger, van Balen, Frans Snyders and Joos de Momper the Younger on the Allegory of the Senses, two works commissioned on the occasion of the archduke Albert of Austria's visit to Antwerp. His best-known student is Pieter Snayers.

Most of his pictures represent biblical scenes or scenes of war, such as the sack of towns, cavalry combats, genre paintings and allegorical subjects. Though occasionally vigorous in drawing, his paintings are dull and heavy in tone.

He was at the same time a writer of poetry, comedies and tragicomedies for the chamber of rhetoric De Violieren. He was served as dean of the Antwerp painters' Guild of St. Luke, and was a district head and captain of the militia.

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