Paul Pontius after Gertrude van Veen
Otho Vaenius Batavo
Antwerp , 1650
310 x 215 mm
Trimmed close to image
Portrait bust to the right of the painter Otto van Veen (1557-1629), at the age of 72. Van Veen was a court painter to Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma. After his death in 1592, he became the teacher of Peter Paul Rubens and court painter to the Archduke Albert of Austria and Isabella of Spain. After 1600 Van Veen was increasingly concerned with the publication of emblem books, including ,, Amorum emblems ” (1608) and ,, Amoris divini emblems ” (1615). Most of his active life was spent in the southern Netherlands. He represented the counter-reformation in the style of the high Renaissance. He was working in Italy from 1574 until at least 1579.