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Calvaert was first apprenticed to the landscape painter Christian van den Queborne (b.1515). As other Flemish artists, he then left his home country to continue his training in Italy. Never to return, Calvaert spent most of the rest of his life in Bologna. He built a reputation for highly finished copies of paintings by the Renaissance masters, and in 1575 opened a school for young artists where the method of instruction was based upon close study of 15th-century art and culture, mainly from prints. Calvaert painted mostly religious subjects, Dänae is a rare exception. In his composition for this work, the artist is drawing attention to his knowledge of mythology and to the work of other great Italian artists who have treated this particular mythological subject.

Ferens Art Gallery

Kingston upon Hull






oil on canvas


H 109.5 x W 77.6 cm

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gift from Robert William Eastwick Allars of Chelmsford, Essex, 1939

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