Saturday, April 25, 2015

Benjamin Block

Portrait of Henriette Luise von Wurttemberg
oil on canvas
other detail unknown

Benjamin Block (1631-1690) was a seventeenth-century German - Hungarian Baroque painter. He is known for his portrait paintings. He was born into an artistic family in Lubeck. His father and brothers were also painters. He travelled to Italy in 1659 and was commissioned to paint the Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher who later served as intermediary in a deal resulting in an order for a portrait of Pope Alexander VII. After working as a portrait painter in Siena, Florence and Venice, in 1664 he returned to Germany. He made portraits for the military commanders and the Vienna court.