Christ disputing with the Doctors, Bernard van Orley (c.1490-1541).

Oil on panel, 63.5cm by 72.5cm.

Van Orley was a Flemish Renaissance painter strongly influenced by the works of Italian artists of the period, particularly those of Raphael (1483-1520), although he never travelled to Italy.

He was also much influenced by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), who referred to him as ‘the Raphael of the Netherlands.’

In 1518, van Orley was appointed official court painter to Margaret of Austria, the Regent of the Netherlands.

He was also a noted draughtsman and a highly skilled designer of tapestries and stained glass, which he concentrated on towards the end of his life.


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