Professor Susan Koslow, art historian, specializes in late medieval and early modern european flemish art. Rubens and Frans Snyders

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Frans Snyders

[English edition]

by Susan Koslow

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Mercator Fonds


Amsterdam University Press


Amsterdam University Press

isbn 978 90 6153 709 0
34 x 26 cm,
Genaaid gebonden met stofomslag, 2007
€ 99,00S. Koslow
Frans Snyders
Frans Snyders was the first specialist in a new Flemish form of still life: the animal still life. Born in Antwerp, he studied under Pieter Brueghel the Younger. In 1608 he made the requisite painter's trip to Italy to view its works of art. The following year he became part of a circle that ultimately included Jacob Jordaens, Jan Brueghel the Elder, and Peter Paul Rubens, helping to establish Antwerp as an artistic center. Prized as the finest animal painter of his day, Snyders had a gift for large, well-balanced compositions. His still lifes usually contain a hint of action, such as a sniffing dog, but above all, they allowed Snyders to display his skill at organizing a rich variety of textures, colors, and shapes. In addition to his own energetic hunting scenes and complex still lifes, Snyders was often employed by his close friend Rubens on the still life and animal sections of Rubens's paintings.

Art of the Low Countries

Early Netherlandish Art

The Impact of the Modern Devotion on Hugo van der Goes's Death of the Virgin

“The Curtain-Sack: A Newly Discovered Incarnation Motif in Rogier van der Weyden’s Columba Annunciation”

The Curtain Sack and the Exegetical Tradition of Psalm 29, Verse 12 : “God the Father borrowed a sack from the Virgin Mary."

Frans Snyders

Koslow, Susan, "The Lonsdale Produce Market" web version

Koslow Susan, "Frans Snyders and the Seignorial Still Life: Venison Breath and Swearing on a Swan," New Studies on Old Masters: Essays in Renaissance Art in Honour of Colin Eisler, eds. John Garton and Diane Wolfthal. Essays and Studies, 26. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2011, 125-141.

Frans Snyders's 'Still Life with Fruit and Small Game' : A New Acquisition by The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Frans Snyders’s “Van Ophem Markets”. Excerpt from Frans Snyders. The Noble Estate. Seventeenth-Century Still-Life and Animal Painting in the Spanish Netherlands (Antwerp: Fonds Mercator Paribas, 1995, pp.109--42)

Frans Snyders's Leningrad Markets: Provenance and Program Reconsidered or the Revelations of Secret Agent Macky


"Peter Paul Rubens," Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, ed. Fedwa Malti-Douglas, 4 vols (Detroit: Macmillan Reference, 2007), IV, 1278--1280.

Law and Order in Rubens's Wolf and Fox Hunt

Rubens and Snyders

The Science and Poetics of The Head of Medusa by Rubens and Snyders

The Head of Medusa by Peter Paul Rubens and Frans Snyders: A Postscript (2006)

Anthony van Dyck

Henrietta Maria in Hunting Attire. Susan Koslow's response to Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., "The Queen, The Dwarf, and the Court: Van Dyck and the Ideals of the English Monarchy"

Dutch Art

"De Wonderlijke Perspectyfkas: An Aspect of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Painting," Oud Holland, 82, 1967, 32-59.


Representing Sovereignty in the Netherlands and the State Portrait: on this side, the Archdukes; over there, Lion, Maid, Map or Blazons?

Review of  Scherpenheuvel. Het Jeruzalem van de Lage Landen by Luc Duerloo and Marc Wingens (Leuven: Davidsfonds, 2002), published  in Historians of Netherlandish Art, HNA Review of Books, 2004 April, with addenda

Atlas of World Art, ed. John Onians, The South Netherlands 1500-1800, expanded version by Susan Koslow

Review of exhibition, "A Prosperous Past. The Sumptuous Still Life in the Netherlands, 1600-1700," Art Journal, 48, no. 3, 1989, pp. 265-268.

Two Sources for Vincent van Gogh’s Portrait of Armand Roulin: A Character Likeness and a Portrait Schema, Arts Magazine, 56, 1981 (September), 156—163



"Philip Pearlstein, 'Figures and Other Objects'," Arts Magazine, 62, summer 1988, 66-68.

"Empirical Realism and Poetic Form in the Paintings of Lennart Anderson," Arts Magazine, 57, 1982, 90-99.

"Eddie Earl Cato: The Objective Observer," Arts Magazine, 56, 1982, 122-125.


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