Karel Van Mander
(1548 - 1606)
Karel the Elder Van Mander was active/lived in Austria. Karel Van Mander is known for religious paintings.
Biography Karel Van Mander
Now best known for his Schilderboeck, which included biographies of 15th- and 16th-Century Netherlandish artists, Karel van Mander was born into a wealthy family in Meulebeke in Flanders. His humanistic education included the study of poetry and painting, first with Lucas de Heere (circa 1534-1584) and then with Pieter Vlerick (1539-1581), and he showed a marked talent as a draughtsman, though only forty of his drawings survive today.
At the age of 25 he set off on a study tour of Italy that would last four years, taking him to Florence, Terni and Rome. There, in Rome, he met Bartholomeus Spranger (1546-1611), court painter to the Emperor Rudolf II, who would have a profound impact on van Mander's artistic style a
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