Gerard de Lairesse

Gerard de Lairesse (* September 11, 1640 or 1641 in Liege, † before June 28, 1711 in Amsterdam) was a Dutch painter, etcher and mezzotint engraver.


De LAIRESSE, pupil of his father Renier de LAIRESSE (around 1597-1667 ) and Bertholet Flémals, went to Utrecht to Amsterdam and worked his way out of needy circumstances become a respected artist up.

He aspired to a leaning against the antiquity and to Nicolas Poussin ideal of beauty, without being able to give up the Dutch shapes and colors. Thus his creations were given a mannered character. His images tend to be painted in silver tone; they are common, and in particular can be found in Amsterdam, Schleißheim, Kassel and in the Louvre major works by him. Significant ceiling frescoes adorn the facilities of The Hague Peace Palace, which formerly were owned by Andries de Graeff regent of Amsterdam.

As a man of learned education he loved mythology and allegory. Blinded Since 1690, he gathered a painter society around him, which he dictated to his ideas, which are then collected by his son, accompanied with a lot of engravings and published after his took place on June 11, 1711 death in two volumes under the title: Het groot Schilderboek (Amsterdam 1707, 2nd ed 1712). The work was translated into German (Nuremberg, 1728, 3 vols, 3rd edition 1800) translated, French (Paris 1786, 2 vols ) and English, and practiced by the introduction in all public schools of art a great influence on the art form of the 18th century.

For Govard Bidloos 1685 published anatomical atlas entitled Ontleding of menschlyken lichaams (Latin: Anatomia Corporis Hvmani, to German as: Views of the human body ) illustrated de LAIRESSE 105 illustrations.