Keldermans family

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Keldermans is a family of Flemish artists, originating from the city of Mechelen in the Duchy of Brabant. The members of the family were mostly architects working in the Brabantine Gothic style. As the most important architects of their time in the Netherlands, they defined the Brabantine Gothic style, and their works can still be seen today in cities like Mechelen, Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Lier, Middelburg and Gouda. Anthonis II and Rombout II were court architects for Charles V. Laurens II, last in the line, was influenced by Renaissance architecture and marked the end of the Gothic period in this region.

Family tree[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan I
(1345–1425)
sculptor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan II
(1375–1445)
architect
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Andries I
(1400–1488)
city architect of Mechelen
 
 
Rombout I
(1420–1489)
glass painter
 
Jan III
sculptor
city halls of Gouda
and Middelburg
 
Matthijs I
sculptor
in Leuven and Middelburg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anthonis I
(c. 1440–1512)
city architect of Mechelen
city hall of Middelburg
 
 
 
Matthijs II
(fl. 1478–1495)
sculptor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anthonis II
(d. 1515)
architect for Charles V
and city of Mechelen
 
Rombout II
(1460–1531)
architect for Charles V
and city of Mechelen
 
Laurens I
(fl. 1485)
sculptor
 
 
 
Laurens II
(d. 1534)
architect

Name[edit]

The actual family name was Van Mansdale. Keldermans (Dutch for cellar man) was a nickname given to Jan I because the family house was nicknamed 't Kelderken (the cellar). The family was not happy with the nickname and usually continued to sign documents with the name "Van Mansdale".

References[edit]

  • "Keldermans". Winkler Prins encyclopedia (8 ed.). 1975. 

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