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Lucas Achtschellinck

*  1626 Brüssel
† 1699 Brüssel


The Brussels landscape painter and textile artist Lucas Achtschellinck counts among the most important representatives of the heyday of Flemish baroque.
Lucas Achtschellinck, also known as Lucas Achtschellinckx, was baptized in Brussels on 16 January, 1626. The young Lucas Achtschellinck (Lucas Achtschellinckx) began his training with Pieter van der Borcht in 1639, it is also likely that he received some education from Lodewijk De Vadder. Afterwards Lucas Achtschellinck (Lucas Achtschellinckx) presumably spent some time abroad, before he completed his master in Brussels in 1657.
In 1674 Lucas Achtschellinck married Anna Parijs in his hometown. The young couple’s marriage was witnessed by the painter Frans Duchatel. The artist’s career also took off: Lucas Achtschellinck (Lucas Achtschellinckx) employed eight apprentices in his workshop between 1659 and 1686.
Soon after he had earned his master license, he received commissions from the church, as documented by payments for the Brussels St. Michaels church (1659, 1662). Lucas Achtschellinck (Lucas Achtschellinckx) also left behind preliminary drawings that document his very productive activities in tapestry. Together with Bout, Janssens, Ykens and Van Schoor, he created models for large tapestry series (six models each for the series "Dido and Aeneas", "Perseus and Andromeda" and for peasant scenes after Teniers).
The paintings on canvas by Lucas Achtschellinck (Lucas Achtschellinckx), who became famous for his virtuous landscape paintings, are difficult to identify nowadays, as Lucas Achtschellinck (Lucas Achtschellinckx) did not sign a single painting. His style resembles that of Lodewijk De Vadder. Landscape paintings by Lucas Achtschellinck are characterized by their brilliant colors and highly decorative value. In his later oeuvre, Lucas Achtschellinck (Lucas Achtschellinckx) increasingly turned to classic baroque landscapes of a French and Italian character.
Lucas Achtschellinck (Lucas Achtschellinckx) died in Brussels in 1699.