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Oil on canvas
Art & Design Study Collection
UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Born in Antwerp and initially trained in painting by his father, Nollekens was subsequently influenced by the French Rococo style of Jean-Antoine Watteau (1634-1721). The inclusion of classical ruins in Nollekens' painting was inspired by the late classical Baroque art of Italian painter Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691-1765). Nollekens went to England in 1733, settling in London and earning his livelihood as a painter and picture restorer. The painter is sometimes referred to as "Old Nollekens" to distinguish him from his son, British-born sculptor Joseph Nollekens.
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