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Michel Sittow

National Gallery of Art, Washington

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Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe

Considered Estonia’s greatest Renaissance artist, Michel Sittow was sought after by the renowned European courts of his day, including those of King Ferdinand of Aragón and Queen Isabella of Castile, Margaret of Austria, and Christian II of Denmark. This exhibition provides an opportunity to examine the rare and masterful works attributed to Sittow. It also explores the artist’s possible collaboration with Juan de Flandes, his relationship with his Netherlandish contemporaries, and the influence of his teacher, Hans Memling. This is the first monographic exhibition devoted to the artist and includes some 20 paintings, including 13 paintings by Sittow. Among the highlights are The Assumption of the Virgin (c. 1500/1504) and The Ascension of Christ (c. 1500/1504), the only two securely documented works by Sittow, commissioned by Queen Isabella of Castile.  Find out more about the Michel Sittow exhibition from the National Gallery of Art, Washington’s website.

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The Nativity at Night (early 16th century), attributed to Michel Sittow. © National Trust

The Nativity at Night (early 16th century), attributed to Michel Sittow. © National Trust

The Portrait of a Man with the Pearl (1515–17), Michel Sittow. © Patrimonio Nacional / photographer Joaquín Cortes

The Portrait of a Man with the Pearl (1515–17), Michel Sittow. Photo: Joaquín Cortes © Patrimonio Nacional

Portrait of Diego de Guevara (?) (c. 1515/1518), Michel Sittow. Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington

Portrait of Diego de Guevara (?) (c. 1515/1518), Michel Sittow. Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington

Portrait of a Man (c. 1510), Michel Sittow. Mauritshuis, The Hague. Photo by Margareta Svensson

Portrait of a Man (c. 1510), Michel Sittow. Mauritshuis, The Hague. Photo: Margareta Svensson

Mary Rose Tudor (1496–1533), Sister of Henry VIII of England (c. 1514), Michel Sittow. Courtesy of Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

Mary Rose Tudor (1496–1533), Sister of Henry VIII of England (c. 1514), Michel Sittow. Courtesy of Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

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