Circle of Henri Met De Bles, 1480-1550. This wonderful early painting is oil on Wood Panel is in an 18th-19th C Frame. It is 9.75"H by 14.75"W and is 17" by 22" in the frame. It has been restored and backed with wood. Henri Met De Bles, or Henri or Herri,was called Civette (owl) in Italy, also called Master Met den Nil. Born in 1480 in Bouvignes. Died after 1550. 16th Century, Flemish School.A painter of religious compositions, animated landscapes and drawings. His life is not well known but included time Italy in 1521, Amsterdam where he was a student of Franz Mostaert, Venice, that he died in Ferare in 1550 and was in the service of the dukes of Este. The authors are not in agreement about his name. Van Mander states that he took his name because of a patch of white hair on the back of his head. Others supposed that his name was a sort of nickname. Cronendale called him Henri Bles and he himself signed a painting “Adoration of the Kings” in the museum at Munich, Henricus Blesius. Contemporary and rival Joachim Patinier certainly thought that he was his nephew, in that, in 1535 he inscribed in a guild in Anvers under the name of Henri de Patinier. In Italy he was called “Civetta” (a small Owl), because he put in his works a small owl so well disguised, that many people could not find it. including Mander. One also sees the pseudonym Hendrik Met de Bles. He composed landscapes of some parts realistic unified within a part of an ideal whole,where he searched for new atmospheric effects. he was influenced by Bouts and Breughel. It seems that he realized a single stamp: Christ carrying the cross.
He is represented in many museums: Amterdam, Anvers, Bale, Berlin, Brechia, Breslau, Brussels. Cologne, Copenhagen, Dresden, La Fer, Florence, Glaz, Grenoble, Hanover, Kassel, Liverpool, London, Madrid, Milan Montreal, Moscow, Munich Wales Naples, Rome Troyes Utrecht, Vienna. His painting sell for up to $500,000.