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Bernard van Orley

Born: 1492
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: 6-Jan-1542
Location of death: Brussels, Belgium
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Painter

Nationality: Belgium
Executive summary: Flemish Renaissance painter

Flemish painter, the son and pupil of the painter Valentyn van Orley, born at Brussels and completed his art education in Rome in the school of Raphael. He returned to Brussels, where he held an appointment as court painter to Margaret of Austria until 1527, in which year he lost this position and left the city. He only returned to it upon being reinstated by Mary of Hungary in 1532, and died there in 1542. While in his earlier work he continued the tradition of the Van Eycks and their followers, he inaugurated a new era in Flemish art by introducing into his native country the Italian manner of the later Renaissance, the style of which he had acquired during his sojourn in Rome. His art marks the passing from the Gothic to the Renaissance period; he is the chief figure in the period of decline which preceded the advent of Peter Paul Rubens. Meticulously careful execution, brilliant coloring, and an almost Umbrian sense of design are the chief characteristics of his work.

Van Orley, together with Michael Cocxie, superintended the execution of van Aelst's tapestries for the Vatican, after Raphael's designs, and is himself responsible for some remarkable tapestry designs, such as the panels at Hampton Court. His also are the designs for some of the stained glass windows in the cathedral of Ste. Gudule, in Brussels, at the museum of which city are a number of his principal works, notably the triptych representing "The Patience of Job" (1521). Among his finest paintings are a "Trinity" at Lübeck cathedral, a "Pietà" at Brussels, a Madonna at Munich and another at Liverpool. The National Gallery ownsa " Magdalen, reading," another version of the same subject being at the Dublin National Gallery.

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