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This is Colijn de Coter

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By Gwylym Owen

Colijn de Coter (c. 1440–1445 – c. 1522–1532) was an early Netherlandish painter who produced mainly altarpieces. He worked primarily in Brussels and Antwerp. His make known was sometimes answer as Colijn van Brusele (Colijn of Brussels), indicating that he hailed from Brussels or at the least lived there most of his swift life. He as a consequence signed several paintings with Coliin de Coter pinxit me in Brabancia Bruselle (“Colijn de Coter painted me in Brussels going on for Brabant”).

De Coter was born roughly speaking 1440–1445. This can be deduced from a 1479 document in the Brussels archives, naming him as a husband, painter and tenant of a house; in additional words, he must have already reached adulthood in that year. Another document, dating from 1483, refers to him as Colijn van Brusele (Colijn of Brussels). This document states that he had registered once the Guild of Saint Luke in Antwerp and festooned a vault in the chapel of that guild in the Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp. The chronicles of the Brussels Brotherhood of Saint Eloy list three payments to Colijn de Coter in 1509–1511 for painting a church tabernacle. From the records of this brotherhood, we can also deduct that the painter’s death probably fell somewhere in the get older 1522–1532.

Although unproven, art historians undertake Colijn de Coter headed an influential workshop in the same way as a number of pupils. This conclusion is based on the diversity all the rage and character of the work approved to him. The Leiden painter Cornelis Engebrechtsz. may have been one of his pupils.

Contracts survive for two free works by de Coter one dated 1493 for the titivation of a vault of a chapel and the other dated 1509–10 for the commission for the church tabernacle mentioned above. While the dates of these documents mark the known boundaries of his supple period, his steadfast work shows that this epoch more likely spanned from the years 1480 to 1525. Three signed paintings are known: St Luke Painting the Virgin in the parish church of Vieure, Cosne d’Allier, the altarpiece of the Trinity (Paris, Louvre) and the Virgin Crowned by Angels (Düsseldorf, private collection). These works are the basis for the attributions of further works to this artist.

Some paintings recognized to Colijn de Coter are:

Some list Rogier van der Weyden as accompanied by Colijn de Coter’s influences.

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