Book Series Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History, vol. 73

Michiel Coxcie (1499-1592) and the Giants of His Age

Koenraad Jonckheere (ed)

  • Pages: 208 p.
  • Size:220 x 275 mm
  • Illustrations:3 b/w, 333 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2013

Out of Print
  • ISBN: 978-1-909400-14-6
  • Hardback
  • Out of Print


Koenraad Jonckheere (1975) is Professor Northern Renaissance and Baroque Art at the University of Ghent (Belgium). He has published widely on seventeenth-and eighteenth-century Antwerp history painting and portraiture. His monographs include the Auction of King William's Paintings, Adriaen Thomasz. Key, Willem Key and Antwerp Art after Iconoclasm, a book on decorum experiments in Netherlandish art after the beeldenstorm of 1566.


Michiel Coxcie lived to the age of 93 and witnessed all the important political, religious, economic and artistic upheavals of the sixteenth century. He was born just before Gerard David raised the art of the Flemish Primitives to its final pinnacle and did not die until the young Rubens had returned to Antwerp from Cologne. He must have known Quinten Metsijs, Joos van Cleve and Pieter Coecke van Aelst. Willem Key and Frans Floris were younger contemporaries, and Bruegel was of the next generation. He outlived them all. During his time in Italy in the 1530s he knew Michelangelo, and was said to be a friend of Giorgio Vasari. Titian, the Venetian prodigy, sent him pigments to help him finish his copy of Jan van Eyck’s Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, and he even painted frescoes in the old Basilica of St Peter in Rome. Few people have led such a fascinating life as Michiel Coxcie. He was a celebrated painter, inundated with prestigious commissions from important clients. He had spent some ten years in Rome where he studied classical antiquity and the art of Renaissance masters like Raphael, Michelangelo and Da Vinci. Back in his the low Countries, Coxcie designed altarpieces, stained-glass windows and tapestries for clients in Brussels, Antwerp and Mechelen. The pinnacle of his career was his appointment as court painter to Emperor Charles V and Philip I.

This book focuses on the multifaceted oeuvre of a highly talented yet all but forgotten master who, by introducing the art of the Italian High Renaissance into the Netherlands, earned himself the epithet of the 'Flemish Raphael'.


Preface and acknowledgements

Peter Carpreau, 'Vanished like smoke along with fleeting time': Michiel Coxcie's Lost Reputation
Koenraad Jonckheere and Ruben Suykerbuyk, The Life and Times of Michiel COxcie 1499-1592
Eckhard Leuschner, The Young Talent in Italy
Koenraad Jonckheere, Michiel Coxcie and the Reception of Classical Antiquity in the Low Countries
Almudena Pérez de Tudela, Michel Coxcie, Court Painter
Koenraad Jonckheere, Fist Painter of the Counter-Reformation
Melina Reintjens, The Habsburg Windows in Brussels Cathedral
Joris Van Grieken, Publish or Perish: Michiel Coxcie in Print

List of works exhibited - Bibliography - Index - Photographic credits