17 facts about Justus Sustermans

Justus Sustermans, Joost Sustermans or Suttermans, his unquestionable name Italianised to Giusto (Antwerp, 28 September 1597 – Florence, 23 April 1681), was a Flemish painter and draughtsman who is mainly known for his portraits. He with painted archives and genre paintings, still lifes and animals.

Sustermans is chiefly noted for his portraits of members of the Medici relatives as he was its court painter. The Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II invited him to Vienna to paint portraits of the Imperial family and decided Sustermans and his brothers patents of nobility. During his lifetime he was fêted as the finest portrait painter in Italy.

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