Michiel Coxie the Elder, Michiel Coxcie the Elder or Michiel van Coxcie, Latinised name Coxius (1499 – 3 March 1592), was a Flemish painter of altarpieces and portraits, a draughtsman and a designer of stained-glass windows, tapestries and prints. He worked for patrons in the principal cities of Flanders. He became the court painter to successively Emperor Charles V and King Philip II of Spain.
Highly highly thought of by his contemporaries, Coxie was perfect the nickname the Flemish Raphael as some of his contemporaries regarded him as being on an equal level as the Italian master. This as a consequence reflected his contemporaries’ appreciation that his scrutiny of classical Antiquity and the art of Renaissance masters past Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci during his 10-year house in Italy had left an important mark upon his style. His advocate style and bold compositions were in the centuries after his death an inspiration to Flemish artists including Peter Paul Rubens. He was so an important artistic colleague between the artists of in front Netherlandish painting and the Flemish Baroque. Coxie was also a copyist and produced a well-known copy of the Ghent Altarpiece by the van Eyck brothers as well as a Descent from the Cross by Rogier van der Weyden.
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