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Historical Artist - Paul Bril (1554 - 1626)

Paul Bril spent most of his career in Rome, moving there from Flanders in 1582. His early career was spent creating decorative paintings and frescoes. However, he eventually devoted his time to the easel paintings for which he is most remembered. Adam Elsheimer and Annibale Carracci influenced his style. In addition to landscapes, Bril also painted scenic views of Rome and marine subjects. Paul also did engravings and small cabinet paintings on copper, some of which are signed with a pair of spectacles (a pun on the French word brilles, "spectacles"). Some of these were collaborations with Johann Rottenhammer, who according to a dealer's letter of 1617 painted the figures in Venice and then sent the plates to Rome for Bril to complete the landscape. He collaborated with his friend Adam Elsheimer, who he both influenced and was influenced by, on one painting (now Chatsworth House).

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