Michiel Sweerts

1618-1664 Belgium/Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Michiel Sweerts from Brussels was a painter and printmaker. There is no history of his early life; he is first documented in Rome in 1646 where he was associated with the Bamboccianti a group of Dutch and Flemish genre painters resident in Italy. He was also an associate of the Accademia di San Luca, it was a group with many powers who could decide who was an artist in Rome. One of his students in Rome was Willem Reuter

He stayed in Rome until 1656 before returning to Brussels to become a member of the painters’ guild. In Amsterdam he developed a religious inclination and joined a missionary group to travel east in order to extend the word of God. Travelling through Syria he became mentally unstable and left the group, he went on to Goa where he died in 1664.

His work consisted of genre scenes and portraiture. His portraits have been likened to that of Jan Vermeer and are noted for the prevalence of ‘tronies’ or exaggerated facial expressions.

 

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a hunting company
resting

a hunting company resting

a man delousing
himself

a man delousing himself and a sleeping boy

a young
maidservant

a young maidservant]


artist's studio

artist's studio

boy
with a turban

boy with a turban


double portrait

double portrait


draught players

draught players


head of a woman

head of a woman


man holding a jug

man holding a jug

mars destroying
the arts

mars destroying the arts

portrait
of a boy

portrait of a boy

portrait of
a young man

portrait of a young man


self portrait

self portrait

soldiers
playing dice

soldiers playing dice by Michiel Sweerts

the
card players

the card players


the drawing class

the drawing class

the great
laundry day

the great laundry day

young man and
the procuress

young man and the procuress

harbouring the
stranger

harbouring the stranger


visit the sick

visit the sick


the thirsty

the thirsty

ministering to
prisoners

ministering to prisoners


feeding the hungry

feeding the hungry


clothe the naked

clothe the naked


bury the dead

bury the dead