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painter, architect, court architect, court artist, scenic painter
on his gravestone it says: 'hans fyrstelige nåde prinsens arkitekt og sklidrer' (the architect and painter of his royal highness the prince) (Friis 1901, p. 23)
Nationality/school
Danish, South Netherlandish
of Southern-Netherlandish descent
Born
Varberg 1595-07-03
Deceased
Copenhagen 1646-12-09
buried in Skt. Nikolaj Kirke
Family relationships
this field records any family relationship to one or more other artist(s).
son of Hans Steenwinckel I and Inger Petersdatter, brother of Hans Steenwinckel II, brother of Lourens van Steenwinckel II, uncle of Antoni van Steenwinckel
See also
In this field, you will find references to names of groups or to the artists that made/make up groups. You may also come across references to other artists if there was/is question of collaboration without a joint name. This is the case, for instance, with artists who rendered parts of works by other artists (such as with P.P Rubens and J. Brueghel I).
Adriaen Muiltjes was in Denmark from 1635 until 1639; at first he was the assistant of Morten van Steenwinckel, later he signed paintings himself. He probably added the landscapes to the equestrian portraits of Morten van Steenwinckel.
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Biographical information
Period of activity
1622 - 1646
Active in
  • Kopenhagen 1622
    was paid, via his brother Hans, in 1622 for a large painting in the Great Hall in Rosenborg Castle; at that occasion he was called royal artist (Beckett 1932-1934, p. 23)
  • Padua 1629
    In 1629 he was in Padua during a tour through Italy with a stipend of Christian IV. In Padua he wrote a lemma in both Latin and English in the album amicorum of Johan Rode; In January 1632 at the latest he was back in Copenhagen (Eller 1971, p. 80 and 123).
  • Helsingør 1632 - 1635
    Worked for Christian IV on the ceiling decorations of Kronborg Castle
  • Kopenhagen 1635 - 1646
    In 1635 he became court artist in the service of Prince Elect Christian who granted him a house and studio in Copenhagen
  • Stockholm 1637
    In 1637 Prince Elect Christian sent Morten van Steenwinckel to Sweden to deliver portraits and to ask for portraits of both Hedvig Eleonora and Christina.
  • Nykøbing Falster 1637 - 1646
    was from 1637-1646 regularly at Nykøbing Slot, the official residence of Prince Elect Chrsitian and his spouse. While his brother designed plans for the enlargement of the castle, Morten designed the new stables and ridingschool for the complex (Hartmann 1981, p. 29)
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Subjects
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, equestrian portrait, allegory, history (as a genre)
Morten van Steenwinckel was famous all over Europe for his rendering of horses
Creation date: 1992-01-26; Last modified date: 2021-11-08

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