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Lucas van Valckenborch


 Painting - Rocky Landscape With Travellers On A Path With A View Of A Town Believed To Be Huy In The Valley Bey by Lucas van Valckenborch

Rocky Landscape With Travellers On A Path With A View Of A Town Believed To Be Huy In The Valley Bey

Emperor Rudolf II taking a drinking cure

View of Linz


Lucas van Valckenborch (also Valckenborch, Valkenborgh; c. 1535 – 2 February 1597) was a Flemish painter of mainly landscapes, portraits and allegorical scenes.


Van Valckenborch was born in Leuven. The 17th-century biographer Karel van Mander stated that Lucas van Valckenborch learned to paint landscapes in Mechelen, which was known as a center for oil and water-colours and especially landscape painting.[1] At the time of the Beeldenstorm in 1566 he left Antwerp with his brother (or nephew) Marten van Valckenborch and they made a trip from Luik to Aachen along the Meuse (river), painting river valley views.[1] When William the Silent revolted against Spanish rule, they returned to the Southern Netherlands. They were able to create works that sold well.[1] Van Mander wrote that Lucasbecame patronized by Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor because of his skill as a portrait painter and travelled with him down the Danube as far as Linz.[1]

He was the cousin of the painters Frederik and Gillis van Valckenborch, and the nephew or brother of the painter Marten van Valckenborch.[2][3]

He became the teacher of Georg Flegel. He died in Frankfurt am Main.[2]

Landscape in summer
Winter landscape near Antwerp with snowfall, 1575, Städelsches Kunstinstitut

He is known for landscapes, portraits and allegorical paintings. His style was close to Pieter Brueghel the Elder, but he modified this influence in a personal manner and was not a slavish copyist. His work was rooted in the same Flemish tradition, without following the newer Mannerist movement.

His landscapes generally followed the conventions of composition, with panoramic scenes from a high viewpoint. He relied, however, more on first-hand observation of nature and he made paintings of actual places, rather than the fantastic landscapes of other Flemish landscape painters. He also created some close-up representations of forest landscapes. He also painted some a series of large pictures depicting the labours of the months in the mid-1580s.

He also painted portraits for his patron Emperor Matthias. He was further a figure painter as is shown in a series of nine allegories of the seasons painted in Frankfurt from 1592.[3]


Landscape in Spring
Landscape in Summer
Landscape with a Rural Festival
The Massacre of the Innocents
Mountainous Landscape
Rocky Landscape
The Tower of Babel
View of Antwerp with the Frozen Scheldt
View of Huy from Ahin

Cultural reference

Lucas van Valkenborch is mentioned by the German writer W. G. Sebald in his book Austerlitz describing the painting View of Antwerp with the Frozen Scheldt (1590).


Lucas van Valckenborch in Karel van Mander's Schilder-boeck, 1604 (Dutch)
Lucas van Valckenborch at the Netherlands Institute for Art History (Dutch)
Alexander Wied and Hans Devisscher. "Valckenborch, van." Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 14 Jul. 2014


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