Vos, Martin De

Vos, Martin de a Flemish painter, was born at Antwerp about 1520. He first received instruction from his father, and then in the school of Francis Floris until he was twenty-three years old, when he went to Italy and spent seven years at Rome studying the works of the masters, especially of Raphael. He next went to Venice, where he received instruction in coloring from Tintoretto, who is said to have disclosed to him all the secrets relative to coloring which he had either derived from Titian or acquired by his own experience, and to have explained to him the rules and principles on which he founded his own practice. While at Venice he acquired the art of coloring so thoroughly that he was employed by the Medici to paint several portraits, and also executed several historical works of great merit. After an absence of about eight years, he returned to Antwerp, and was received into the Academy in 1559. He executed several works for the churches, which established his reputation as one of the ablest artists of his time.: He also received commissions for pictures to adorn the churches of other cities in the Netherlands, besides numerous portraits, in which branch he excelled. H is principal works at Antwerp are, the Marriage of Cana, the Incredulity of St. Thomas, the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, the Temptation of St. Anthony, in the cathedral and the Last Supper, in the Church of St. James. He died at Antwerp in 1604. See Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, s.v.

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