Cock, Matthys
Netherlandish, c. 1509 - 1548

Biography

Matthys Cock was born around 1509, the son of the Antwerp painter Jan de Cock and the elder brother of the artist, printer, and publisher Hieronymus Cock. Matthys presented a pupil to the guild in Antwerp in 1540 and died before 1548. Van Mander praises him as a landscape painter, and it has been suggested, without definite proof, that he journeyed to Italy. Although no paintings can be given to Matthys Cock with certainty, there is a greater consensus of opinion in attributing drawings to him, and several drawings are dated. [This is an edited version of the artist's biography published, or to be published, in the NGA Systematic Catalogue]

Bibliography

1906
Floerke, Hanns. Das Leben der niederländischen und deutschen Maler des Carel van Mander. 2 vols. Munich and Leipzig, 1906: 1:248-251.
1927
Baldass, Ludwig. "Ein Landschaftsbild von Matthys Cock." Zeitschrift für bildende Kunst 61 (1927/1928): 90-96.
1932
Hoogewerff, G. J. "Matthijs Wellens de Cock." Feestbundel Prof. Dr. Willem Vogelsang. Leiden, 1932: 31-35.
1936
Hoogewerff, G. J. De Noord-Nederlandsche Schilderkunst. The Hague, 1936-1947: 3:364.
1955
Boon, K. G. "De tekenaar van het Errera-Schetsboek." Bulletin des Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique 4 (1955): 220, fig. 4, 224-225.
1964
Faggin, Giorgio T. "Aspetti dell'influsso di Tiziano nei Paesi Bassi." Arte Veneta 18 (1964): 46-49.
1965
Zwollo, An. "De Landschaptekeningen van Cornelis Massys." Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek. 16 (1965): 44.
1969
Fritz Grossmann to Colin Eisler, letter, 25 January 1969, in NGA curatorial files.
1977
Eisler, Colin. Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Schools Excluding Italian. Oxford, 1977: 92.
1986
Hand, John Oliver and Martha Wolff. Early Netherlandish Painting. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1986: 3-6.