VOS, Marten de
(b. 1532, Antwerpen, d. 1603, Antwerpen)

Allegory of the Seven Liberal Arts

1590
Oil on oak panel, 147 x 200 cm
Private collection

The depictions of the Liberal Arts: Grammatica, Dialectica, Rhetorica, Arithmetica, Musica, Geometrica, Astrologia, are undoubtedly influenced by those of De Vos' teacher Frans Floris, painted for Nicolaes Jonghelinck's house in Antwerp, and popularized by Cornelis Cort's engravings. The artist combined the liberal arts into one painting thus creating an influential model for subsequent Antwerp painters.




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