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Candid, Pieter

Bruges, h. 1548 - Munich, 1628

A Netherlander by birth, Candid moved to Florence with his father, the bronze-caster Elias de Witte, when he was about ten years old. Biographical details are provided by Karel van Mander (1548-1606), whom he met in that city in 1574. According to van Mander, Candid assisted Vasari (1511-1574) with the decoration of the interior of the Sala Regia in the Vatican, as well as with the cupola of Florence Cathedral (both completed by 1574). He is recorded as a member of the Accademia del Disegno in Florence in 1576. In 1578, and again in 1580, Candid was in Volterra, and on the first of these trips he executed his earliest dated painting, a Sacra Conversazione with Donor (1578; Volterra Cathedral). Following a year spent in Rome, he returned to Florence in 1583. On the recommendation of the sculptor Giambologna (1529-1608), Candid was summoned in 1586 by Duke William V of Bavaria to serve as court painter at Munich, where he stayed for more than four decades. His output comprised principally altarpieces, but when in 1604 Duke Maximilian I established a tapestry workshop, Candid was also responsible for providing numerous designs to be executed by weavers. He also designed the interior decoration of the Rathaus at Augsburg. In 1620, Candid painted the high altarpiece for the Frauenkirche, Munich, whose main panel contains an Assumption of the Virgin, which amalgamates northern and Italian elements (Turner, N.: From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International-Museo Nacional del Prado, 2008, p. 148).

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White lead, Pencil, Pencil ground, Red chalk, Grey-brown ink on blue paper, 1580 - 1586
Candid, Pieter

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