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‘Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe’ stuns at National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Michel Sittow The Nativity at Night, Early 16th century oil on panel (oak) unframed: 38.1 x 30.16 cm (15 x 11 7/8 in.) Upton House, The Bearsted Collection (National Trust), United Kingdom
(© National Trust)

The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. will soon be hosting an exhibition of works by Estonian painter Michel Sittow titled “Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe.”

The show explores Sittow’s possible collaboration with Juan de Flandes (1460–1519) and his relationship with his Netherlandish contemporaries. It also examines the influence of his likely teacher, Hans Memling (active c. 1465–1494). The exhibition features approximately 20 works and brings the artist’s 13 known paintings. “The first monographic exhibition of Sittow’s work, Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe offers an opportunity to celebrate one of the masters of Early Netherlandish art,” said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art, Washington. The exhibit showcases Estonia's greatest Renaissance artist’s work who was sought after by the renowned European courts of his day such as King Ferdinand of Aragón and Queen Isabella of Castile among other royals.

Michel Sittow (1469–1525) was an Estonian painter. He probably received his earliest training from his father who was also a painter and sculptor. After 1492, he entered the service of Queen Isabella of Castile, where he was prized as a portrait painter. He remained in Isabella's service until her death in 1504. According to records, Sittow collaborated with Juan de Flandes on the series of small panels depicting the lives of Christ and the Virgin for Queen Isabella. In 1506 be became a member of the artists' guild. Then in 1509 around the age of 40 he married for the first time. He was still much admired as a portrait painter and Sittow continued to travel around the royal courts of the Netherlands. In 1518 he married for the second time. 

“Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe” will run from January 28 through May 13, 2018 at National Gallery of Art, 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565, USA.

For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide-venues/285292/museum-overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.