Featured Artist at the e.Gallery: Carel Fabritius


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Featured Artist at the e.Gallery this week is a 17th Century artist of the Baroque movement, Carel Fabritius [Dutch, 1624?-1654] Link: http://fineart.elib.com/fineart.php?dir=Alphabetical/Fabritius_Carel

Carel Fabritius was born in Beemster, the ten-year old polder, as the son of a schoolteacher. Initially he worked as a carpenter (Latin fabritius). In the early 1640s he studied at Rembrandt’s studio in Amsterdam, along with his brother Barent Fabritius. In the early 1650s he moved to Delft, and joined the Delft painters’ guild in 1652. He died young, caught in the explosion of the Delft gunpowder magazine on October 12, 1654, which destroyed a quarter of the city, along with his studio and many of his paintings. Only about a dozen paintings have survived. According to Houbraken, his student Mattias Spoors and the church deacon Simon Decker died with him, since they were working on a painting together at the time. In a poem written by Arnold Bon to his memory, he is called Karel Faber.


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The Beheading of St. John the Baptist

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The Goldfinch

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A View of Delft, with a Musical Instrument Seller’s Stall

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Young Man in a Fur Cap (self-portrait)
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