Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza - Inicio

Versión española

Buy tickets

Hubert Givenchy

From 22 October to 18 January 2014

Coming Exhibition



Autor:
Robert Doisneau
Título:
Hubert de Givenchy
Fecha:
1960
Ubicacion:
© Robert Doisneau
  • Home
  • Adriaen Thomasz. Key

Biography and Works

Author:
Adriaen Thomasz. Key
Born/Dead:
Antwerp (?), ca. 1544-after 1589
Date:
Works

Biography




Little is known of Key, who was a painter and designer of woodcuts. His origins are uncertain although the fact that he shares a surname with the painter Willem Key has led to the assumption that Adriaen may have been Willem’s nephew, rather than a distant relative. Whatever the case we know that Adriaen trained with Willem Key, from whom he could simply have taken his name. He is registered in the guild of Saint Luke in Antwerp in 1568 and his first surviving works date from 1572 onwards. In 1585, following the Spanish occupation of the city led by Alessandro Farnese, Duke of Parma, Key was marked down as a Calvinist, although he did not flee the city and continued to work there over the following years. This is evident from guild documents, which state that he had pupils in his charge in 1582 and 1588, and that in 1589 his payments to the guild were up to date. From that year onwards, however, Key’s name disappears from the records and it is not known whether he died or left Antwerp

Over. his lengthy career Key executed a sizeable number of altarpieces for different churches in Antwerp, among them one for the high altar of the Franciscan church. The few examples of such works reveal the marked influence of his teacher Willem Key. Adriaen Key also produced woodcuts in the style of Frans Floris, but he was primarily noted as a portraitist. Among Key’s most important paintings is that of William the Silent (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), which depicts William of Orange, Count of Nassau and leader of the Dutch independence movement. Several versions of this work are known. Key’s early portraits are notable for a marked realism while his late ones focus on capturing the status and social rank of the sitters, probably influenced by Antonis Mor

.
Go to the shop

Recommended artists

Recommended works

© 2009 Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Paseo del Prado 8, 28014 Madrid, España

We use our own cookies and those of third-parties to analyze the use of our website and display personalized advertising. If you continue browsing, we will consider that you consented to its use. For more information see our Cookie Policy.