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Denis Calvaert - Dutch Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Denis Calvaert (1540 - 1619)

Born in Flanders, Denys Calvaert trained in Antwerp before moving to Bologna in 1560. He painted in a Mannerist style but is better known as a teacher. He founded an academy in 1575 where he taught many of the distinguished members of the Bolognese school. Calvaert was a profound student of architecture, anatomy, and history, exceedingly accurate in perspective and graceful in design. His colouring is full and rich, his execution suave and accurate and, although there is something of an awkward stillness in the movements of his figures and an academic mannerism in his grouping, yet in composition he was far ahead of his rivals and in colouring undoubtedly their superior. His masterpiece is "St Michael" in St. Peter's, Bologna and most of his works are in the national museum of Bologna.

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