Quinten Matsijs Well - Antwerp

Gilberte

Edegem, Belgium

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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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