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Paul Bril

painter, draftsman, print artist
South Netherlandish
Breda 1553/1554
according to Saur born c. 1553/1554, possibly in Breda
Rome 1626-10-07
buried in the S. Maria dell' Anima in Rome (Wurzbach 1906)
Family relationships
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Son of 'Mathys Baertmaker (or Baermaker, Bargiemaker or Mathys de Caerdemaker) called Bril Janszone (? - ?) and Anna Timmermans Petersdr. (died 1558) (Ecartico); younger brother of Matthijs Bril. Married in 1592 in Rome with Ottavia Sbarra (buried 29 September 1629), Rome, father of Cyriacus Bril.
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Bril was witness at the marriage of Elsheimer in Rome in 1606.
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Biographical information
Accademia di San Luca (Rome)
appeared in minutes from 1602-03-11 (Noack 1927)
Active in
  • Antwerpen 1568 - 1574
  • Lyon 1574
    lived for some time in Lyon (Van Mander 1604)
  • Antwerpen 1577
  • Lyon 1582
  • Rome 1582 - 1618
    first lived in the Via Babuino (Noack 1927)
  • Rome 1582 - 1618
    later on he lived in the Via della Croce (Noack 1927) In 1583 his brother Mathijs II suddenly died in Rome. It is assumed that Paul finished his unfinished paintings. While he was in Rome, his brother Peter in Antwerp settled his father Mathys's estate on 4 December 1585 with (grand)children Hans, Geertruyt, Katlijne, Jaspar and brother Pauwels - who was assumed living in Rome and possibly no longer alive (van Hemeldonck 2007)
  • Rome 1618 - 1626
    From 1618 on he lived in the Via S. Sebastianello (Noack 1927)
Teacher at academy/university
Accademia di San Luca (Rome)
1620 princeps at the Accademia di San Luca (Noack 1927)
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This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
landscape (as genre), portrait, architecture (genre)
oil paint
Creation date: 1991-11-25; Last modified date: 2022-05-17


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