|Title||Charles V of Spain|
Though portrait painting can trace its roots back to antiquity, Antonis Mor's (North Netherlandish painter, born 1512-1516, died ca. 1576) portrait of Charles shows the royal patronage to which artists attached themselves, rather than continuing to work in the guild system. Mor's success as an artist was analogous to his rise in society, and being more socially prominent than his Netherlandish contemporaries, he enjoyed patronage that allowed him access to the political world. His master, Jan van Scorel (1495-1562), had nurtured much of Mor's success, including his knowledge of classical antiquity and associations with royalty and high clergy. Rivaled in skill by Titian at the time (ca. 1488-1576), Mor was considered a master portraitist, said to have the ability to produce "an effect equal to the expectation of the historical importance of his sitters."
Gale Matthews, in "SCHOLARS, EXPLORERS, PRIESTS, How the Renaissance Gave Us the Modern World," ex. cat. G -T M, Queens College, CUNY, February 2 - March 27, 2010, 29.
|Medium/Material||Oil on wood/Paint|
|Dimensions||H-36.375 W-28 inches|
|Year Range from||1559|
|Year Range to||1561|
16th century AD
|Exhibition and Publication History||
*"Queens College Art Collection," 1960, #234.
*"Director's Choice, Part II," G-TM, 10/10-12/20/02, #57. A. Winter, Curator.
* "SCHOLARS, EXPLORERS, PRIESTS, How the Renaissance Gave Us the Modern World," Curated by James M. Saslow, G -T M, Queens College, CUNY, February 2 - March 27, 2010, #29, ill.