Adriaen de Vries. ‘The Most Famous Modeller-Artist of All’

(Frits Scholten) THE LOW COUNTRIES - 2016, № 24, PP. 314-315

‘A sculptor has come from Florence, with whom we have negotiated for months and who is now working very contentedly… He is a Dutchman of thirty years old. … Please God he shall meet our expectations.’ The sculptor spoken of with such great anticipation in this 1586 letter is Adriaen de Vries (1556-1626). In about 1580 we find him in Florence, where he gained his first experience of work in the service of Giambologna (Jean de Boulogne), who originated from what is now French Flanders and was a celebrated sculptor to the Medici.

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