Sphinx Fine Art
Wtewael trained in Utrecht, in his father’s glassworks. From c. 1588 he spent four years with his patron Charles de Bourgneuf de Cucé, Bishop of St. Malo travelling in Italy and France, and his pictures c.1590 demonstrate a familiarity with Parmigianino (1503-1540) and the Fontainebleau school. By 1592, he is recorded back in Utrecht and the works that followed show an awareness and enthusiasm for the work of the Haarlem Mannerists. The influence of Goltzius, Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem (1562-1638), and Karel van Mander (1548-1606) was considerable throughout the northern Netherlands at this time. Wtewael spent most of his career in Utrecht, cultivating his unique style. He was a founder member of that city’s St. Luke’s Guild in 1611, but was also a flax merchant and a politician, and elected to the town council several times.