LOMBARD, Lambert
(b. 1505, Liège, d. 1566, Liège)

Self-Portrait

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Oil on panel, 77 x 65 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

This artist inspired dithyrambs from both of the great 16th-century historians of art, Giorgio Vasari ("Of all the Flemish artists I have named, none is superior to Lambert Lombard of Liege) and Karel van Mander ("One can confidently rank him among the best Netherlandish painters, past and present"). A painter and poet, archeologist and antiquarian, and an expert on architecture and perspective, Lombard was the head of a large studio.