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 pictures, 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 von Bayern

Albrecht von

Albrecht von Brandenburg-Ansbach


Count Ferenc Nadasdy

Henriette von

Henriette Luise von Wurttemberg


Johann Frederick-Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach


Princess Anna Julianna Eszterhazy-Wife of Count Ferenc Nadasdy

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

prince paul esterhazy