Netherlands • 1490−1551

Dutch painter, representative of the Dutch Renaissance.


The work of Adrien of Isenbrant in Bruges falls into the period after 1510, it is believed that he studied with Gerard David, but in his work there is the influence of Jan Gossart and Ambrosia Benson.

The exact date of birth unknown. Probably born in Bruges. According to one source, was a student of a leading painter of the time of Gerard David. Worked mainly in his native city, imitating the painting style of the master, did not avoid the influence of other Dutch masters like Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling. The artist was a wealthy and respected citizen of the city he has held important positions in the painters ' Guild, he owned his own workshop. This latter fact speaks of the fact that the brush can only be traced in the figures of the characters, while all other parts, apparently made by his students and apprentices.

Isenbrant, became famous thanks to the altar compositions, among which the most common image of our lady. First of all, this is a great diptych "virgin Mary of the Seven sorrows", previously attributed to the anonymous master. Only in the early twentieth century Belgian art critic John. de Lu established the authorship of Isenbrant. As a worthy continuation of the traditions of Dutch art, the artist achieves an absolute natural in the images of our lady and the saints by careful portrait drawing and a bit of cold color, emphasizing the pallor of the faces.

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