The magician of paint & early modern landscapes

To my delight I’ve found a new favourite painter during the early 16th century. Ive always loved late 15th and early 16th century landscape paintings with the intense colors, vast open sceneries combining detailed nature and lyrical fantasy. And the painter Joachim Patinir seem to be the boss of these techniques.

Patinir was born 1480 and came originally from Dinant or Bouvignes in Belgium. He became registered as a member of Antwerp’s painters’ Guild of Saint Luke in 1515, where he spent the rest of his life.

Patinir had some famous artist friends during the time:  one of his best friends was Quentin Metsys (probably most famous for the painting “The Ugly Duchess” from 1513) with whom he often collaborated, and also the mega celebrity painter during the time Albrecht Dürer. In 1521, Dürer attended Patinirs second wedding and even painted his portrait (i havent been able to find this portrait unfortunately. Dürer called Patinir “der gute Landschaftsmaler” (“the good painter of landscapes”)

Patinir died in Antwerp in 1524, and Quentin Metsys became the guardian of his children.

Take a moment to enjoy Patinirs beautiful colorful works:


“The Baptism of Christ” (1510-20)


“Landscape with Saint Jerome” (1516-1517)


“St Jerome in the Desert” (1515-1520)


“Rest during the flght to Egypt” (early 16th century)

Patinir-Crossing_the_River_Styx-1520 and 1524

“Crossing the River Styx” (1520-1524)

Joachim_Patinir_Landscape with the Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah-1520

“Landscape with the Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah” (1520)


“Landscape with Saint Christopher” (1522)


“Landscape with the Flight into Egypt” (1516-1517)


“The Penitence of Saint Jerome” (1512-1515)

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