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Quinten Matsijs Well - Antwerp by Gilberte

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Quentin Matsys (Dutch: Quinten Matsijs; 1466 – 1530) was a painter in the Flemish tradition and a founder of the Antwerp school. He was born at Leuven, where he was trained as an ironsmith. Near the front of the Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp is a wrought-iron well, known as the “Matsys Well,” which according to tradition was made by the painter-to-be
A legend relates how Matsys, while a smith in Leuven, fell in love with the daughter of a painter; by changing his trade to painting, he hoped that she would love him in return
The following sentence is carved in the well:
“De liefde maeckte van den smidt eenen schilder”
i.e."Love made a painter from the smith "

The wrought iron relates the legend of Silvius Brabo and Druon Antigoon (legend of Antwerp)

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  • alaskaman53
    alaskaman53over 4 years ago

    Wel Gilberte, ik moet Antwerpen nog leren kennen.(misschien ga ik volgende week naar Brasschaat om Zoe te halen, een cocker spaniel van 6 jaar oud.)

  • O ga je een nieuwe hond kopen? Met de lente in het zicht belooft dat mooie wandelingen in het bos.Brasschaat is ook mooi om te wandelen maar het weer moet wel wat mee zitten.
    Het Matsijs putteke heb ik over twee jaar getrokken in volle zomer.Geen middel van het zonder mensen te hebben.Maar zo geschilderd vind ik het wel leuk met de mensen op de terrasjes…dat brengt leven in de photo.Hoop dat we nog eens zomer krijgen…ik ben nog niet buiten geweest sinds ik ziek was.Wacht op het zonneke om lekker te kunnen genieten

    – Gilberte

  • kenspics
    kenspicsover 4 years ago

    Masterfully painted Gilberte!!!!
    A very beautiful work.. and a most interesting story!!!

  • Thank you Ken,,,,,see the little man on top? that’s Brabo for the first time represented throwing the giant’s hand into the river Scheldt.

    – Gilberte

  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxover 4 years ago

    Prachtig als aquarel aan de muur….
    Groeten en mooi weekend verder!

  • Dank je wel Hans voor je mooi commentaar en het favorieten.
    Ik zit in nood zoals jij trouwens…ik heb niet genoeg muren..lol
    Voor jou ook een mooi week-end

    – Gilberte

  • Raider6569
    Raider6569over 4 years ago

    Always appreciate the rich background you provide. I see many bright colors in this work and I like your composition. An artistic rendition of a significant landmark.

  • Thanks a lot Dave.It was taken two years ago, on a sunny summer afternoon.There were so many people, even sitting on the well,that I could not take the picture as I wanted and I left it 2 years in my portfolio.Now that I start painting the photos, I like the people and the blackboard in front.I feel it gives more life and warmth to the picture.

    – Gilberte

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 4 years ago

    Very moving legend Gilberte!! Amazing monument…fantastic painting!! *-)

  • It’s very beautiful wrought iron and as it stands near the Cathedral, no tourist can miss it.As to the legend, who can tell if it’s true but in a legend very often there is at least one element true.
    Thanks for visiting Deb.

    – Gilberte

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Gilberte, very well done…….did he win the love of the painter’s daughter?

  • Thanks very much Marvin….I suppose so as he married and came to Antwerp.He had three children.In 1507 his wife died.in 1508 he married again and still had another 10 children.He continued painting and became one of the most famous Old Masters.
    One of his famous paintings is “The money changer and his wife”

    – Gilberte

  • Memaa
    Memaaover 4 years ago

    Talented editing, Gilberte……..this is so creative. Beautifully done.

  • Thanks Sue…..I like editing though it is not always right from the first time

    – Gilberte

  • Nancy Stafford
    Nancy Staffordover 4 years ago

    Beautiful artwork

  • Thank you so much Nancy for featuring my picture

    – Gilberte

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature and such a lovely image.. Excellent.

  • Thanks a lot Carol…in reality it’s a beautiful well

    – Gilberte

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenover 4 years ago

    Wat een mooie aquarel Gilberte!

  • Bedankt Ellen…je hebt dat putteke waarschijnlijk al wel gezien naast de katedraal

    – Gilberte

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