Benjamin Block

1631-1690 Germany/Hungary-Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Benjamin Block was born in Lübeck to a family of artists, his father Daniel was a painter who was in the service of the Prince of Mecklenburg for forty four years. His brothers were also painters.
Benjamin's first noted work was a fine drawing of the Duke of Mecklenburg, and his subsequent paintings gained him a standing reputation throughout Germany.
He travelled to Hungary where he painted Count Ferenc Nádasdy and his wife Princess Anna Julianna Eszterházy. The bulk of his work in Hungary was for altarpieces in churches and convents.
He spent a considerable amount of time in Italy studying and perfecting his technique before returning to Germany. He stayed in Nuremberg where he was commissioned to do portraits of the prime nobility of the region. The Elector of the Court of Saxony engaged him to paint portraits of himself and his family.
His most prominent painting was of Athanasius Kircher the Jesuit. His wife Anna Catharina Fischer was an artist who excelled in painting flowers.

 

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Albrecht
Sigismund-

Albrecht Sigismund von Bayern

Albrecht von
Brandenburg-

Albrecht von Brandenburg-Ansbach

Count
Ferenc

Count Ferenc Nadasdy

Henriette von
Wurttemberg

Henriette Luise von Wurttemberg

Johann
Frederick-

Johann Frederick-Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach

Princess
Anna-

Princess Anna Julianna Eszterhazy-Wife of Count Ferenc Nadasdy

kaiser
leopold I

kaiser leopold one

Orsolya esterházy
wife of paul I

Orsolya esterházy wife of paul one prince esterházy of galantha

the future emperor
joseph I

portrait of the future emperor joseph one as king of hungary attrb

prince paul
Esterházy

prince paul esterhazy