(1614 - 1684)
Gonzales Coques was active/lived in Flemish, Belgium. Gonzales Coques is known for portrait painting and sculpture.
Biography Gonzales Coques
Gonzales Coques was a Flemish Baroque painter born in Antwerp. He was the son of Pieter Willemsen Coques, a respectable Flemish citizen, and not, as his name might imply, a Spaniard. In 1626-28 he entered the studio of Pieter Brueghel the Younger, and subsequently studied with David II Rijckaert. He is primarily known as a painter of small cabinet conversation pieces, a type of elegant informal group portrait that he is credited with inventing. The influence of Anthony van Dyck resulted in his nickname "Little van Dyck".
After a period of travel, probably to England where Van Dyck was active, he entered Antwerp's Guild of St. Luke in 1640-41. He was married twice, first to Ryckaert's daughter Catharina, and then to Catharina Ry
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