The High Renaissance
 
&

Mannerism
 

 

 


Bartholomeus
Spranger

 
 
 
Bartholomeus Spranger

(b Antwerp, 21 March 1546; d Prague, before 27 Sept 1611).

South Netherlandish painter, draughtsman, etcher and sculptor, active in Italy, Austria and Bohemia. With Hans von Aachen and Joseph Heintz, he was one of the most important artists at the Prague court of Emperor Rudolf II. He had a unique ability to combine the Netherlandish tradition and Italian influences, particularly the Roman brand of Mannerism, so as to achieve a style of his own that had a lasting influence on other artists in Prague. His sensually elegant yet intellectual paintings embody an ideal of beauty distinctive to the Rudolfine court.

 
 


Herakles und Omphale

 
 

 


Venus and Adonis
c. 1597


 


Venus, Mars und Amor


 

Venus and Vulcan

c. 1610
Oil on canvas, 140 x 95 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna



 

Venus and Vulcan
(detail)
c. 1610
Oil on canvas, 140 x 95 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna



 

Vulcan and Maia

1575-80
Oil on copper, 23 x 18 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna


 

Venus und Adonis
 

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