Hieronymus Cock: The Renaissance in Print

Thursday, 14 March 2013 - Sunday, 15 December 2013

Explore the work of esteemed Antwerp publisher Hieronymus Cock at this intriguing exhibition presented by the M-Museum Leuven and Institut Neerlandais.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder is recognised for his famous paintings. However, it is not widely known that Bruegel actually made his name among the general public as a designer of prints. Commissioned by the Antwerp publisher Hieronymus Cock (1517/8-1570), Bruegel produced more than sixty drawings which were cut in copper by the best engravers of his time.

Cock set about making Bruegel a star artist by diffusing his prints throughout Europe. The Royal Library of Belgium houses a wealth of documents by Cock and his print publishing house, ‘Aux Quatre Vents’ (‘At the Sign of the Four Winds’).

As well as Bruegel, Cock also published innovative prints by great renaissance masters like Raphael, Bronzino, Floris, Lombard and Heemskerck. The  M Leuven is providing the public with a one-off opportunity to view a wide selection of these works on paper from the Royal Library of Belgium’s Print Room plus loans from collections in Belgium and abroad. This special exhibit is a rare chance to investigate the life, career and art of Hieronymus Cock, and features treasures from the Royal Library of Belgium.

M-Museum Leuven, Belgium 14/03/13 – 09/06/13

Institut Neerlandais, Paris 18/09/13 – 15/12/13

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