Catherina van Hemessen
(Belgian, 1528 - 1587)
Self Portrait
by Catherina van Hemessen

Caterina van Hemessen was a Flemish Renaissance painter. She is the earliest female Flemish painter for whom there is verifiable extant work. Van Hemessen is often given the distinction of creating the first self-portrait of an artist, of either gender, depicted seated at an easel. As with many Renaissance female painters, she was the daughter of a painter, Jan Sanders van Hemessen, who was likely her teacher. She went on to create portraits of wealthy men and women often posed against a dark background. She is best known for a self-portrait painted in Basel. Her success is marked by her good standing in the Guild of St. Luke and her eventual position as teacher to three male students.

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Name:Catherina van Hemessen
Dates:1528 - 1587
Self Portraits
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National Gallery - London(United Kingdom - London)2 artworks
Baltimore Museum of Art(United States - Baltimore)1 artworks
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam(Netherlands - Amsterdam)1 artworks
Bowes Museum - Barnard Castle (UK)(United Kingdom - Barnard Castle)1 artworks
Fitzwilliam Museum - University of Cambridge(United Kingdom - Cambridge)1 artworks
Kunstmuseum Basel(Switzerland - Basel)1 artworks

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This person died over 70 years ago (in 1587).

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