Nation /nationality: Italy / Italians

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Pieter Coecke van Aelst engraving

31. Pieter Coecke van Aelst

You were a painter, but, Pieter, you were not only a painter, you who made your Aelst more known to the world by this skill.  But there was much skill in addition, born to you by much labour.  Its office was to build beautiful houses.  Serlio taught this to the Italians, then you, bilingual interpreter of Serlio, taught the Belgians and the French. Continue Reading 31. Pieter Coecke van Aelst


Jan van Amstel engraving

29. Jan van Amstel

The proper praise of Belgians is to paint fields well; that of Italians to paint men or gods.  Nor is it surprising: not without reason is the Italian said to have his brain in his head, [while] the Belgian [has his] in his active hand. Jan’s hand, then, preferred to paint fields well, than for his head to know poorly either men or gods. Continue Reading 29. Jan van Amstel