Cornelis van Haarlem
* 1562 Haarlem
† 1638 Haarlem
Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem counts among the greatest painters of Dutch Mannerism.
Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem was born into a wealthy family at Haarlem in 1562. His childhood, however, was not untroubled: In 1572, when the young boy was just ten years old, Spanish troops occupied his home town. Cornelis van Haarlem‘s had to leave their home town and left their son behind. He then lived with Pieter Pietersz, who would also become his master.
Cornelis van Haarlem completed hid education outside his home town. In 1580/81 he went to Rouen and Antwerp, in order to refine his skills. Afterwards he settled in Haarlem, where he met Hendrick Goltzius and Karel van Mander in 1584. The Haarlem School of Mannerism had found its splendid triumvirate.
Next to portraits, Cornelis van Haarlem made mythological as well religious scenes in a modern mannerist style. Elongated figures in odd and complex postures and elaborate compositions of a highly decorative value characterize his oeuvre. Cornelis van Haarlem made nudes with great passion, which additionally contributed to his success. Fruits and flowers add outmostly beautiful opulence to the scenes.
In 1638 Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem, who was honored as the "Dutch Michelangelo" in a large exhibition in 2013, died at his home town.