LOON, Theodoor, van
(b. ca. 1581, Erkelenz, d. 1667, Leuven)

The Birth of the Virgin

1622
Oil on canvas, 257 x 180 cm
Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk, Scherpenheuvel

Van Loon seems to have shown interest in the more classicist representatives of Roman Early Baroque, such as Annibale Carracci and Domenichino. This is shown by his many borrowings of motifs, but even more by the general academic-classicist idiom, which Van Loon adopted particularly after 1620. The affinity with the style of the Bologna school is obvious in Van Loon best known work, the Marian cycle of about 1622-28 in Scherpenheuvel.




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