Hendrick de Keyser (Dutch, 1565-1621)
Statue of a man
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Hendrick de Keyser, Statue of a man
Hendrik de Keyser made portrait busts in terracotta (fired clay), which he then painted in natural colours. Such portraits were considerably less expensive than sculptures carved in marble. This one still has its original oak pedestal.
Dutch sculptor and architect de Keyser was born in Utrecht, Netherlands in 1565. De Keyser was working for Dutch Golden Age painter and engraver master Cornelis Bloemaert the elder (1603-1692). In the early 1600s de Keyser was appointed city stonemason and sculptor in Amsterdam. He designed the tomb of William the Silent for the Nieuwe Kerk at Delft between 1614 and 1623. Hendrick de Keyser also worked in England together with Inigo Jones (1573-1652), who was the first English architect who went to Italy to study classical architecture which gave him the nickname the English Palladio.