(b. ca. 1490, Reymerswale, d. ca. 1567, Reymerswale)

The Tax Collectors

Oil on panel, 65 x 52 cm
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp

Marinus van Reymerswaele, a Calvinist from Zeeland, was studying in Antwerp at the time when Quentin Massys was the undisputed leader of the city's painters. In his Tax Collectors, Van Reymerswaele - realist, mannerist and even expressionist - carried on the tradition of Massys' genre works in a picturesque, precious and almost caricature fashion.