Creators associated with Gdańsk
BLOCK Abraham van den (1527-1628), his Willema; architect and sculptor; from 1596 r. citizen of Gdańsk. He ran one of the first sculpture and construction companies in this area. Blocke's work started the final phase of Dutch mannerism in Gdańsk sculpture, and the last works of his workshop have clear baroque features.
BLOCKE Izaak van den (P-1628), his Willema, a painter working in Gdańsk; his main work is the painting decoration of the Gdańsk Town Hall. Izaak van den Blocke continues to explain the Dutch Vredemana de Vriesa, presenting figures in antique costumes against the background of columnar architecture. He drew the themes for his paintings mainly from the Bible and ancient history.
BLOCKE Willem van den (?-1628), Dutch sculptor; one of the most outstanding artists active in Poland at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries. Initially, he worked in the workshop of Cornelis Floris in Antwerp, then from 1569 r. in Königsberg, to finally settle in Gdańsk. In the first phase of his artistic career, he was influenced by Dutch mannerism, later enriched with early baroque forms.
BRUEGEL Pieter the Younger, called Infernal (1564-1625), son of Pieter the Elder, Flemish painter; continued his father's play, he copied, among others. his paintings; he mainly painted fires and fantastic scenes depicting hell.
HAHN Herman (1574-ok. 1628), painter; about 1597 r. settlements! in Gdańsk, and then in 1623 r. in Chojnice, King Zygmunt III Vasa's servitor. He mainly painted religious paintings and portraits; he used the Italian sfumato and a new way of handling chiaroscuro, modeled on the paintings of the Bassans and Dutch caravaggionists.
KRAMER Jan, a Dresden builder who settled in Gdańsk in 1565-1571; creator of, among others. The Angel House, the Green Gate and the Lion Castle tenement house.
MEMLING Hans (1440-1494), from the origin of Germany; he lived and worked in the Netherlands, becoming one of the most outstanding representatives of Dutch painting. All my life, spent mainly in the city of Bruges, enjoyed recognition and wealth. His most famous works are: Tribute to the three kings, Passion, The Annunciation and the Last Judgment in Gdańsk.
MOLLER (Moxller) Antoni (1563-1611), Gdańsk painter; in years 1590-1603 operated in Gdańsk, Toruń and other Pomeranian cities. He created satirical and genre drawings, religious and allegorical paintings and portraits; in his works he immortalized the life of Gdańsk at that time.
OBBERGEN Antoni van (1543-1611), Dutch architect and fortress; w 1586 r. he settled in Gdańsk, where he became a city builder; one of the leading representatives of Dutch mannerism, whose forms he brought to Gdańsk art. He worked on fortifications in Gdańsk and Wisłoujście (ok. 1586 r.); a feature of Obbergen's style was the use of color contrasts of brick walls and stone decorations.
RANISCH Bartłomiej (created in the 17th century), Gdańsk builder, historian and promoter of Gdańsk architecture, skilled craftsman; he is credited with the realization of many of his own, sometimes quite neat designs, most of which are unknown to us.
STECH Andrzej (1635-1697), painter working in Gdańsk; he expressed his fullest expression in portraits with the right characteristics of the model, he also painted religious paintings.
STRAKOWSKI Jan (ok. 1567-1642), an architect from the family of Gdańsk builders; initially he worked under the direction of Obbergen; w 1594 r. became the city bricklayer of Gdańsk; in years 1610-1620 studied in the Netherlands and Germany; worked, among others. at the fortifications of Gdańsk and Wisłoujście.
VRIES Jan Vredeman de (1527-ok. 1604), Dutch architect and architectural theorist, painter and decorator, draftsman, student of Cornelis Floris; acted, among others. in the Netherlands, Prague, in years 1592-95 in Gdansk; he was a translator of the treatises on Vitruvius and Serlia, he also published his own treatises on architecture. His engraved patterns of ornaments became the most popular in northern Europe, architectural designs, gardens; he dealt with decorative painting (m.in. in the town hall and the Artus Court in Gdańsk), he painted allegorical pictures and altars, setting in the background some fantastic views of architecture.