Moretus, Rubens and Rockox: three men, three houses from Antwerp’s Golden Age

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Three men

On 1 July 1589 at three o’clock in the morning at his house on the Vrijdagmarkt, Christophe Plantin, Antwerp printer, breathed his last, bring to an end an illustrious career.  At his bedside would have been Jan Moretus who worked for Plantin since 1557, married his daughter in 1570, and who would now became the owner of his printing company.

A few streets away, at the Catholic school near Antwerp cathedral, twelve year old Peter Paul Rubens was studying Greek and Latin grammar and literature, inspiring a love of classical antiquity that would last his entire life.  Only a few months earlier the boy’s mother had brought him to live in Antwerp after the death of his father, an Antwerp lawyer, town councillor and Calvinist, who had fled the city for Cologne in 1568 as the conflict between Protestants and the Spanish rulers of the Netherlands intensified. As he settled…

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About Jose Ramon Marcaida

I’m a historian of science interested in the history of early modern Iberian science and its connection with Renaissance and Baroque visual culture. More generally, I’m interested in the relation between texts, images and things across the Humanities.
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