Thursday, February 4, 2016

1500s English & European Families



1515 Bernhard Strigel (German artist, c 1461-1528) Emperor Maximilian (1459-1519), Mary of Burgundy, their son Philip, and grandchildren Ferdinand, Charles and Margaret.

The Renaissance household in Europe was often made up of extended family members of different age groups. Grandparents, unmarried uncles & aunts, widowed sisters, with both natural & adopted children could coexist under the same roof. Boys and girls had a very different upbringing and destinies. Men's lives revolved around their professional achievements, women's around their biological beauty.


1517 Bernhard Strigel (German artist, c 1461-1528) Portrait of Conrad Rehlinge and his Children

Until the end of the Middle Ages, adults in the West often viewed children as miniature versions of grown-ups. In the 15C & 16C, artists usually depicted children in family portraits to look like shrunken replicas of their parents. Their clothes & their bodily proportions are usually the same as those of adults.  Families were often large.  Fatal infections in the Middle Ages were quite prevalent, & infant mortality rates were extremely high. Young children were not expected to live for very long.  In 17C France, for instance, between 20% & 50% of all infants died within the 1st year after birth.


1520 Bernhard Bernhard Strigel (German artist, c 1461-1528) The Cuspinian Family



1500s Bernardino Licinio (Italian artist, 1489-1565) Family Group



1530s Bernardino Licinio (Italian artist, 1489-1565) Arrigo Licinio and His Family



England's King Henry VII (1457-1509) and sons Arthur, Henry (VIII) and Edmund.



English King Henry VII's wife Elizabeth of York (1466-1503 with daughters Margaret, Elizabeth, Mary and Catherine.



1533 Giovanni Antonio Fasolo (Italian painter, 1530-1572) Valmarana Family



1547 Lorenzo Lotto (Italian artist, 1480-1556) Giovanni della Volta with his Wife and Children



1550 Paris Bordone (Italian painter, 1500-1571) Gentleman & Lady with their Daughter



1553-55 The Jagiellon Family attr Lucas Cranach the Younger (1515-1586)



1550-60 Cesare Vecellio (Italian painter, 1521-1601) Portrait of a Family



1559 Hans Hug Kluser Bildnis der Famlie des Basler Zunftmeisters Hans Rudolf Faesch und der Anna Glaser


1563 Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II. 1527-1576 of Austria and his wife Infanta Maria of Spain with their children.


1563-4 Cornelis de Zeeuw(fl 1558-1569) Dem Mucheron Family


1563  Bernard de Rijkere. Adriann van Santvoort & sons Guillaume & Adrian



1565 Bernardino Licinio (Italian artist, 1489-1565) A Family



1567 William Brooke, 10th Lord of Cobham and his Family by an Unknown Artist of the British School



1568 Katherine de Vere (c 1541-1600) Edward 3rd & his family Lord Windsor (1532-1575)


1570 Frans Pourbus the Elder (1545-1581) George 5th Lord Seton and Family



1577 Attributed to Frans Menton, Portrait of a Family



1577 Martin de Vos (Flemish Mannerist painter, ca.1532-1603) Portrait of Antonius Anselmus, His Wife and Their Children



1583 Adriaen Thomasz Key (c1540-1599) Self-Portrait with family  



1584 Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614) Portrait of the Gozzadini Family



1584 Otto van Veen, also known by his Latinized name Otto Venius or Octavius Vaenius, (Flemish artist, c1556-1629) Artist with his Family



c 1585 Anthuenis Claeissens (Flemish artist, 1538–1613) Family Saying Grace Before a Meal



1590 Jacob Willemsz. Delff the Elder (c 1550-1601) Self-Portrait with Family



1598 Pieter Pietersz (1540-1603) Laurens Jacobszon with His Wife and Three Sons


1598 Lavinia Fontana (Italian painter, 1552-1614)  Family Portrait


  1598 Gortzius Geldorp, A Father with 3 Sons


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