From the museum website, 6 March 2013
Michiel Coxcie (1499 – 1592) was one of the most influential Brabantine painters of the 16th century. He introduced the style of Romanism to Flemish painting. According to Giorgio Vasari, he convincingly acquired the manner of the Italian style during his travels in Italy.
Coxcie’s importance and the recognition he received as an artist in the 16th century can best be illustrated by his appointment as court painter to Philip II, ruler of the Habsburg Empire. He demonstrated his great versatility whilst holding this office, copying Jan Van Eyck and Rogier Vander Weyden, but also designing stained-glass and tapestries.
M houses two of his works:
– The triptych he painted for the Morillons, a prominent family from Leuven;
-One of his great masterpieces: the Hosden Triptych.
Coxcie enjoyed great international fame in his own, very long lifetime. Although current experts continue to emphasise his important influence on Northern painting, there has been relatively little interest in him over the past few decades. That is why M is presenting a new monographic exhibition about this artist, who is sometimes known as ‘the Flemish Raphael’.
Michiel Coxcie (1499-1592) and the Giants of His Age
Edited by Koenraad Jonckheere