MASSYS, Quentin
(b. 1465/66, Leuven, d. 1530, Antwerpen)

Portrait of Pieter Gillis

Oil on panel, transferred to canvas, 59 x 47 cm
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome

This is one panel of a diptych the second panel of which representing Erasmus of Rotterdam is in the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome.

Pieter Gillis (1486-1533), also known by his latinised name "Petrus Aegidius", was a humanist, printer and secretary for the city of Antwerp in the early sixteenth century. He is most famous as the friend and supporter of Rodolphus Agricola, Desiderius Erasmus and Thomas More. The first part of the Utopia was in fact written when More was staying with Gillis, and subsequently dedicated to him.

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