Pieter van Bloemen

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Horsemen at the camp

Pieter van Bloemen (* before January 17, 1657 in Antwerp ; † April 6, 1720 ), called Stendardo, was a Flemish painter .

life and work

Bloemen was a pupil of the battle painter Simon van Douw and obtained the master's license in 1674. In 1685 he went to Rome , where he stayed until 1694, fully following the Italian manner. In Italy he was mockingly called stendardo because of his frequent flag displays in his pictures . In 1699 he became dean of the Guild of St. Luke in his hometown.

In his picture compositions mostly landscapes and architecture , but above all horses, play the main role, which are usually depictions of the life of a soldier. Pieter van Bloemen was likely to have been very productive; the collection of the Alte Pinakothek in Munich alone contains eight works. Countless commissions from patrons prove the artist's popularity with his contemporaries, who liked his painting style. Even years after his stay in Italy, it was still characterized by the southern ambience and style.

He was the older brother of Jan Frans and Norbert van Bloemen .

Works (excerpt)

  • The horse training. Oil on canvas, 1716, 64 × 81 cm. Alte Pinakothek Munich , depot, inv. No. 1940
  • The riding school. Oil on canvas, 1716, 63 × 81 cm. Alte Pinakothek, Depot Munich, Inv. No. 1941
  • Italian landscape with horses and shepherds. Oil on canvas, 73 × 98 cm. Kunsthistorisches Museum , Vienna, Inv. No. GG_1735


  • Helge Siefert: To the glory of the hero. History and genre painting of the 17th and 18th centuries. Munich 1993
  • Giancarlo Sestieri: Battle Painters. Italian and Foreign Masters of the XVII and XVIII centuries. Rome 1999.

Individual evidence

  1. Helge Siefert: To the glory of the hero. History and genre painting of the 17th and 18th centuries , Munich 1993, 160 f., 191