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Christ Falls, with the Cross, before a City Gate
Photo credit: Oriel College, University of Oxford

Christ Falls, with the Cross, before a City Gate

Bernaert van Orley (c.1488–1492–1541)

Oriel College, University of Oxford

(b Brussels, c.1490; d Brussels, 6 Jan. 1542). Netherlandish painter of religious subjects and portraits and designer of tapestries and stained glass. He was the leading artist of his day in Brussels, becoming court painter to Margaret of Austria (see Habsburg), regent of the Netherlands, in 1518 and to her successor Mary of Hungary in 1532. His work is full of Italianate motifs, often rather ill-digested.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)


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