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Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen

c. 1500-1559 Holland/Northern Renaissance


Brief Biography-Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen, born in Beverwijk, was a painter and tapestry designer. He was a disciple of Jan Gossaert, known as Jan Mabuse or sometimes John of Hainault. He was assigned court painter to Margaret of Austria in 1525. Emperor Charles V engaged him as a war artist on his plight in Tunis in 1535, where he documented army encampments, fortifications, and battle scenes. He applied settings from this undertaking to tapestries for the Regent, Mary of Hungary and to adorn the walls of El Escorial. They called him Johannes Barbatus, Father of the Beard in Germany, because his beard was so long that he would tread on it when standing upright. His contemporaries were Lucas van Leyden and Jan van Scorel, with whom his works are comparable.


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an older man

an older man

vermeyen by jan

vermeyen by jan wierix


at cana

marriage at cana

saint jerome

saint jerome meditating