Marinus van Reymerswaele

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The moneychanger and his wife (1539), Museo del Prado, Madrid

Marinus van Reymerswaele or Marinus van Reymerswale [a] (c. 1490 – c. 1546) was a Dutch Renaissance painter mainly known for his genre scenes and religious compositions. After studying in Leuven and training and working as an artist in Antwerp, he returned later to work in his native Northern Netherlands.[1] He operated a large workshop which produced many versions of mainly four themes: the tax collectors, the money changer and his wife, the calling of Saint Matthew and St. Jerome in his study.[2]


Marinus van Reymerswaele, The Tax Collectors (or The Misers), 16th century.
The Tax Collector (1542), Alte Pinakothek, Munich

Marinus van Reymerswaele was born in the city of Reimerswaal and he also derives his last name from this city. He was registered in February 1504 as a student at the University of Leuven. He was registered in 1509 in the Liggeren of the Antwerp Guild of Saint Luke as a pupil of Symon van Daele, a glass painter.[1]

He worked, at least from 1531 to 1540. In the latter year he moved to Goes, where he died around 1546.


The artist is known for a small number of signed panels. A number of other paintings are attributed to Marinus on stylistic grounds. His works show the influence of the Antwerp painter Quentin Matsys.[2]

His oeuvre deals with of a relatively small numbers of themes, mostly adapted from Quentin Massys and Albrecht Dürer:

  • The moneychanger and his wife
  • Two tax collectors
  • The lawyer’s office
  • Saint Jerome in his study
  • The calling of Matthew[2]
The Calling of St. Matthew (1530s), Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

A large group of paintings of tax collectors are wrongly attributed to Marinus. His themes were popular in the sixteenth century and his paintings copied many times.

Madrid, the spanish capital concentrates the largest compendium of works by Marinus: the Prado Museum preserves four, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando and the Monasterio de El Escorial (a permanent loan from the Prado) each own a piece. The Prado will open the first Marinus exhibition in 2021 [1].

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  1. ^ Name variations: Marinus van Roymerswaele, Marinus Claesz. van Reymerswaele, Marinus Claesz. van Roymerswaele, Marino de Seeu, Marinus de Seeu, Marino de Seeuw, Marino de Siressea, Marino de Siressia, Marino de Sirissea, Marinus van Zeeuw


  1. ^ a b Marinus van Reymerswale at the Netherlands Institute for Art History (in Dutch)
  2. ^ a b c Adri Mackor, 'Marinus van Reymerswale: Painter, Lawyer and Iconoclast?', Oud Holland 109 (1995) pp. 191-200
  3. ^ "Marinus van Reymerswale - Colección - Museo Nacional del Prado". Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  4. ^ "El cambista y su mujer - Colección - Museo Nacional del Prado". Retrieved 14 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Reymerswaele, Marinus van - San Jerónimo en su celda". Academia Colecciones (in Spanish). Real Academia de BBAA de San Fernando. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  6. ^ "The Calling of Saint Matthew". Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Retrieved June 8, 2020.

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