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Hendrik van Balen I

Hendrik van Balen I

(Antwerp, Belgium, 1575 - July 17, 1632, Antwerp, Belgium)

Note: Flemish Mannerist painter who specialized in mythological scenes painted in a highly finished manner. He was a popular teacher who also had three painter sons. Per Sarah Cantor, PhD, Kress Research Fellow, Bowdoin College Museum of Art - September 2015: Hendrik van Balen I, born in Antwerp, likely studied with either Adam van Noort (1561-1641) or Marten de Vos (1532-1603). He was registered as a master in Antwerp Guild of St. Luke around 1592-3 and afterwards, traveled to Italy, returning in 1600. His extensive studio trained a number of artists, the most well-known being Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) in 1609. Van Balen produced both large altarpieces and small cabinet pictures, the latter of which were often collaborations with landscape, animal, and flower specialists, including Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625).

2 objects

Adoration of the Shepherds

ca. 1605
pen and brown ink, brown wash over black and white chalk on blue laid paper
Bequest of the Honorable James Bowdoin III

Adoration of the Magi

oil on panel
Bequest of the Honorable James Bowdoin III