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Catharina van Hemessen

1528 - 1600

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Caterina or Catharina van Hemessen (1528 – after 1565) was a Flemish Renaissance painter. She is the earliest female Flemish painter for whom there is verifiable extant work. She is mainly known for a series of small-scale female portraits completed between the late 1540s and early 1550s and a few religious compositions.Van Hemessen is often given the distinction of creating the first self-portrait of an artist (of either gender) depicted seated at an easel. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Catharina van Hemessen has received more than 81,395 page views. Her biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Catharina van Hemessen is the 493rd most popular painter (up from 634th in 2019), the 175th most popular biography from Belgium (up from 216th in 2019) and the 29th most popular Belgian Painter.

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Among painters, Catharina van Hemessen ranks 493 out of 1,421Before her are Frank Stella, Michael Pacher, Mariotto Albertinelli, Yoshitoshi, Sol LeWitt, and Richard Serra. After her are Moïse Kisling, Leonor Fini, Pierre Auguste Cot, Edward Steichen, Sebastiano Ricci, and Arman.

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Among people born in 1528, Catharina van Hemessen ranks 7Before her are Paolo Veronese, Jeanne d'Albret, Maria of Austria, Holy Roman Empress, Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy, Archduchess Anna of Austria, and Albert V, Duke of Bavaria. After her are Theodor de Bry, Paolo Boi, Henri Estienne, Luis de Requesens y Zúñiga, Andrey Kurbsky, and Francisco Guerrero. Among people deceased in 1600, Catharina van Hemessen ranks 4Before her are Giordano Bruno, Ishida Mitsunari, and Sawney Bean. After her are Luis de Molina, Konishi Yukinaga, José de Acosta, Ōtani Yoshitsugu, Bâkî, Hosokawa Gracia, Enrique of Malacca, and Gaspar de Lemos.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Catharina van Hemessen ranks 175 out of 1,019Before her are Cipriano de Rore (1515), Michel Preud'homme (1959), Paul Van Himst (1943), Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759), Prince Leopold, Duke of Brabant (1859), and Georges Rodenbach (1855). After her are Eric Gerets (1954), Jan Matsys (1509), Godfried Danneels (1933), Constantin Meunier (1831), Gaston IV, Count of Foix (1422), and Clara Peeters (1594).

Among PAINTERS In Belgium

Among painters born in Belgium, Catharina van Hemessen ranks 29Before her are David Teniers the Younger (1610), Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502), Fernand Khnopff (1858), Bartholomeus Spranger (1546), Bernard van Orley (1487), and Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759). After her are Jan Matsys (1509), Constantin Meunier (1831), Clara Peeters (1594), Roelant Savery (1576), Melchior Broederlam (1355), and Théo van Rysselberghe (1862).