Antonis Mor

Anthonis Mor (* 1512-1520 in Utrecht, † 1576-1577 Antwerp ) and Sir Anthony Anthonis Mor Van or More Dashorst, was a Dutch- Flemish portrait painter.


Antonio Moro (as he called the Spanish court was ) or Anthonis Mor van Dashorst ( as he was known in his hometown of Utrecht), came from the van Dashorst family that had its origin in the near Amersfoort, and there was quite wealthy. After Wijburg, who is familiar with his background, was grandfather Anthonis Mor Gerritsz van Dashorst 1471 citizens of Utrecht. He joined in 1479 on there several times as " Mor van Dashorst ". In 1483 he was described ( Mor painter ) as " de Moer recovery ". His parents were Morrenzoon Philips van Dashorst and Lijsbeth Dochter Evert van der Beek. He was born about 1518 in Utrecht and died in early April 1576 in Antwerp.

About childhood and youth of Antonio Moro very little is known, and also referred to in many biographies apprenticeship with the painter Jan van Scorel, has recently been partially doubted. He began to paint pictures in the style of Hans Holbein the Elder. From April 1550 Mor was in Rome demonstrably household as the " Cardinal of Santa Fiora ." There in Rome Mor studied the ancient masters, but could be influenced by Titian.

After nearly a year Mor returned to the Netherlands and settled as a freelance painter in Utrecht. As such, he was also a member of the Guild of St. Luke. In the spring of 1552, he traveled at the invitation of Queen Mary and Charles V to Madrid and portrayed there several members of the royal family. This is also a portrait of Philip II on September 27, 1552 was he was paid and approved by Queen Mary in person.

In the course of the following year Mor returned to Utrecht and was able to at January 4, 1554 along with his wife there to buy a house. A few weeks later King Philip II asked him to London. Mor should put his wedding with Maria on July 25, 1554 effectively staged there.

1555 Mor returned to the Netherlands, probably together with the royal household and Philip II, traveled to Brussels, there to prepare the abdication of his father, Emperor Charles V. Between 22 July 1555 and 21 January 1556 the monumental portrait of William I, the Dutch leader of the Revolutionary War was in Utrecht. The Illustrated already bears his command staff, but no insignia of the Order of the Golden Fleece.

After the death of his wife in 1558 he returned to Spain and was the summer of 1559 again in Madrid in order to Elisabeth of Valois to portray some members of the royal family to celebrate the upcoming wedding of Philip II and this marriage in 1560 to hold at the request of the king in the picture. End of the same year seems Mor rushed to be left home.

Soon after his return from Spain, Mor settled in Antwerp. There was one of his last great portraits, the commander of the Spanish Duke of Alba. Between 55 and 65 years of age, he died there then.


His works are numerous, especially in the English collections, in Madrid, Vienna, Brussels, St. Petersburg and the Louvre. The imperial gallery in Vienna has the portrait of Cardinal de Granvelle Antoine Perrenot, the Uffizi Gallery at Florence, his self-portrait and the Berlin Gemäldegalerie the portrait of Margaret of Parma. As a painter of various courtyards Mor enjoyed a high reputation. From him pictures of Emperor Charles V, Queen Mary, Prince William of Orange and Cardinal Granvelle are known.