The Brussels painter Hendrick De Clerck (ca. 1560-1630) might best be described as the spin-doctor to Archdukes Albert and Isabella. During his incredible career, this contemporary of Rubens created an oeuvre to match the ambitions of his monarchs. His artworks may look like ordinary mythological and religious tableaux, but that is just appearance. Curators Katharina Van Cauteren and Peter Carpreau decipher his propagandist visual language.
The exhibition Hendrick De Clerck. Albert and Isabella’s spin doctor is on view at M – Museum Leuven between 11 February and 15 May 2016.