Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen

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Jan Vermeyen by Jan Wierix.
Portrait of the Marquis and Catholic Church Cardinal Mercurino Gattinara, Grand Chancellor of the Empire, by Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen (c. 1530), on display at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Brussels

Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen, or Jan Mayo, or Barbalonga (c.1500–1559) was a Dutch Northern Renaissance painter.

Biography[edit]

According to Karel van Mander he was born in Beverwijk in 1500 and was honored for his career in the service of Charles V.[1] He was a friend of Jan van Scorel and his portrait was engraved by Jan Wierix for Dominicus Lampsonius.

Vermeyen was a painter and tapestry designer, probably a pupil of Jan Mabuse. About 1525 he became court painter to Margaret of Austria, regent of the Netherlands, sister of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at Mechelen and in 1535 he accompanied the Emperor Charles V, the brother of the Archduchess, at the Conquest of Tunis. The still existing painting of the Hafsid King of Tunis Moulay Hassan, was painted there.

This journey supplied him with scenes for later works, including tapestries designed 1545/48 for their sister Regent of Hungary, Mary of Hungary. He died in Brussels.

Many portraits are ascribed to him on very little evidence, according to modern scholars. He was followed by Willem de Pannemaker and Jan van Hemessen.[2]

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