(b. 1593, Antwerpen, d. 1678, Antwerpen)

The Four Evangelists

Oil on canvas, 133 x 118 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

In the 17th century, following the example given by the Carracci and by Caravaggio, painters depicted the Evangelists as robust men of the people. This picture, which dates from between 1620 and 1625, is painted in vigorous and thick brushwork - a technique very different from that of Rubens.