Matthijs Kessels

male / Dutch, Belgian
sculptor, goldsmith, draftsperson
was appointed in 1822 to the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, the Institute of the Netherlands; Belgium bought up his entire studio after his death for the museum in Brussels (Piron 1999)
Dutch, Belgian
Maastricht (city) 1784-05-20
Rome 1836-03-04
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youngest brother of Willem and Hendrik Kessels
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Biographical information
Period of activity
1799 - 1836
started his career as an apprentice to become a goldsmith, made his last model in the year he died (Bergé 1994)
École des Beaux-Arts (Parijs)
until 1806 (Piron 1999)
Accademia di San Luca (Rome)
Received prize in 1819, became member 1829-12-26 (Noack 1927)
Active in
  • Venlo (stad) 1806
    was an apprentice to become a goldsmith (Bergé 1994, p. 32)
  • Parijs 1806
    went to Paris to study drawing at Ecole des Beaux-Arts (Bergé 1994, p. 32)
  • Hamburg 1806
    stayed with his brother (De Bast 1823)
  • Sint-Petersburg (Rusland) 1806 - 1814
    studied with Joseph Camberlain in St Petersburg (Bergé 1994, p. 32)
  • Baarlo (Peel en Maas) 1815 - 1816
    made some portraits, plaster models and a large crucifix, also stayed in Maastricht (Bergé 1994, p. 34)
  • Parijs 1816 - 1819
    studied drawing with Louis Girodet-Trioson (De Bast, 1823) stayed for four months (Bergé 1994 p. 34); however exhibited at the Salon in 1819 with as address: quai de l’Horloge, 79, Paris, see cat. Salon 1819
  • Rome 1819 - 1836
  • Rome 1819
    arrived in Rome in 1819 (Scheen 1981)
  • Rome 1824
    Piazza de' Cappuccini no. 84 (Keller 1824)
  • Rome 1830
    Piazza de'Cappuccini no. 84 (Keller 1830)
  • Rome 1836
    died in Rome (Noack 1927)
born in
active in
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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.
portrait, allegory, Christian religious scene, figure
  • won the sculpture concours organized by Canova in Rome in 1819
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Creation date: 1993-12-01; Last modified date: 2022-12-08


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