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George, 5th Lord Seton, and Family
Photo credit: Traquair Charitable Trust

George, 5th Lord Seton, and Family

Antonis Mor (1512–1516–c.1576)

Traquair Charitable Trust

Netherlandish portrait painter, one of the outstanding pupils of Jan van Scorel. He was the most successful court portraitist of his day, leading an international career that took him to England, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. In England he painted a portrait of Mary Tudor (1554, Prado, Madrid, and other versions), for which he is said to have been knighted—in old sources he is sometimes referred to as Sir Anthony More (the Spanish version of his name, Antonio Moro, is also encountered). His work shows little variation throughout his career: sitters are shown life-size or a little larger, half-, three-quarter-, or full-length, turned slightly to the side, with an air of unruffled dignity. His composition is simple and strong and his grasp of character firm but undemonstrative. He owed much to Titian, but his surfaces are more detailed and polished in the northern manner. Mor had great influence on the development of royal and aristocratic portraiture, particularly in Spain, where his ceremonious but austere style ideally suited the rigorous etiquette of the court. Sánchez Coello was his pupil. From 1567 he worked mainly in Antwerp.

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