Joachim Wtewael

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Joachim Wtewael
Joachim Anthonisz. Wtewael (Dutch, 1566 - 1638) - Mars and Venus Surprised by the Gods - Google Art Project.jpg
Mars and Venus Discovered by the Gods 1605
Born Utrecht
Died 1 August 1638
Nationality Dutch
Known for Oil painting
Notable work(s) Judgement of Paris
Movement Northern Mannerism

Joachim Anthonisz Wtewael (also spelled Uytewael) (1566 – 1 August 1638), was a Dutch Mannerist painter and draughtsman.


Kitchen Scene 1604

Wtewael was most likely born in Utrecht, where, according to Carel van Mander, he began his career as a glass maker and glass engraver with his father. In 1586, he began six years of voyaging through France and Italy, in the company of the bishop of St. Malo, Charles de Bourgneuf de Cucé.

Returning to Utrecht in 1592 at the age of twenty-five, Wtewael joined the saddlemakers’ guild as a painter and began producing paintings, drawings, engravings, and stained glass. One of the last Mannerist painters, Wtewael stuck to the tradition even as most painters adopted the naturalistic style. In 1596 he had a son Peter Wtewael, who became a painter as well.

Wtewael was one of the leading Dutch exponents of Northern Mannerism. His highly distinctive, charmingly artificial style, which remained untouched by the naturalistic developments happening around him, was characterized by acidic colours and elegant figures in wilfully distorted poses. The best collection of his work, including a self-portrait (1601), is in the Centraal Museum, Utrecht.



  • Lindeman, Catharinus Marius Anne Alettus (1929) Joachim Anthonisz Wtewael. Oosthoek, Utrecht. OCLC 560609176
  • Myers, Bernard Samuel (ed.) (1969) "Wtewael, Joachim Anthonisz (1566?-1638)". McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Art, McGraw-Hill, New York. ISBN 0-07-079724-2
  • Lowenthal, Anne W. (1986) Joachim Wtewael and Dutch mannerism. Davaco, Doornspijk, The Netherlands. ISBN 90-70288-24-9
  • Chilvers, Ian and Osborne, Harold (editors) (1988) "Wtewael, Joachim (1566-1638)". The Oxford Dictionary of Art, Oxford University Press, Oxford, England. ISBN 0-19-866133-9
  • Lowenthal, Anne W. (1995) Joachom Wtewal: Mars and Venus Surprised by Vulcan. J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, California. ISBN 0-89236-304-5
  • Brigstocke, Hugh (editor) (2001) "Wtewael, Joachim (1566-1638)". The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Oxford University Press, Oxford, England. ISBN 0-19-866203-3

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