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Joos de Momper

1564–1635, Antwerp

The leading member of a family of painters, Joos de Momper joined the Antwerp guild in 1581. He was a highly skilled draughtsman, whose early works reveal the influence of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. From 1581 to 1591 de Momper stayed in Italy. During this time he probably studied under his fellow countryman, Lodewijk Toeput, also known as Pozzoserrato. His influence is readily apparent in de Momper’s work, although the reverse is also true. Another artist to exert considerable influence on de Momper was Paul Bril.