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Herri de Patinir, called Herri Met de Bles
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de Patinir, called Herri Met de Bles, is one of the most mysterious
in the Flemish art. He is considered to be a kinsman, probably a
of Joachim Patinir. Karel van Mander,
of the Book about Artists, published in 1604, wrote about him: “… his
witness that he was a master of great patience, who used to spend much
time and labor on his paintings, which were mostly of small size and
landscapes with tiny trees, rocks, towns, lots of little figures of
and various items. Bles was called ‘the painter of owls’, because on
all his pictures he put a small owl, which mostly was so well hidden
spectators often bade who would find it first and spent hours looking
an owl.” This description of van Mander is also interesting for us as
gives the characteristics of comprehension of paintings by the
of the 16th century.
Bles followed Leonardo da
intructions on how to create depth in the landscape: objects in the
disappear in a light mist, e.g. St. John on
Patmos. Procession to Golgotha,
one of the most tragical gospel episodes, is presented by Bles as a
and splendid procession of Adoration of the Magi. The picture is
it looks as if the evangelistic subject is used only for the sake of
Herri Met de Bles.
Studies and Explorations of the World Landscape Tradition by
J. Marrow, B. Rosasco, N. Muller. Brepols Publishers, 1998.