Louis Finson

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Self-portrait, 1613
Allegory of the Four Elements, 1611

Louis Finson (1580 or 1575–1617), also known as Ludovicus Finsonius, was a Flemish Baroque painter, who also worked in France.[1] Finson, who enjoyed much success during his lifetime, primarily painted on religious themes; he produced a number of altarpieces, and also several paintings of dramatic moments from the Old Testament.


Finson was born in Bruges. His father, Jacques Finson, was a painter.

He first visited Italy,[2] where he became one of the first Flemish Caravaggisti, then Spain and France, especially Provence. Martin Hermann Faber, a German painter and an imitator, joined him there. (Marseille, Aix and Arles). A number of his paintings are still to be found in Provence, for example three in the famous Romanesque Church of St. Trophime, Arles.

He also was an art dealer; notably he owned two paintings by Caravaggio, one of them being the Madonna of the Rosary, now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

Finson died in Amsterdam in 1617.[3]



  1. ^ Oxford Grove Art; see http://www.answers.com/topic/louis-finson-1
  2. ^ http://balat.kikirpa.be/Detail_notice.php?id=2291
  3. ^ Montias, John Michael (2002). Art at Auction in 17th Century Amsterdam. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. p. 144. ISBN 9789053565919. 

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