(b. 1609, Antwerpen, d. 1668, Antwerpen)

Luis de Benavides

Marble, height 98 cm
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp

One of the most influential representatives of the classical Baroque in Southern Netherlands is Artus Quellinus the Elder. In 1665, this important interpreter of the Rubens style donated a bust of Luis de Benavides, Marquess of Caracena, Governor-General of the Spanish Netherlands to the Guild of Saint Luke, because the Marquess had pressed for the setting up of the Royal Academy in 1663.