Petr Brandl

Petr Brandl (Peter Johannes Brandl or Jan Petr Brandl) (October 24, 1668 – September 24, 1735) was a Czech painter of the late Baroque in the bilingual Kingdom of Bohemia. Brandl was the sixth child in a Czech-German family. His father, Michal Brandl, worked as a tailor and was of German ancestry. His mother, Alžběta Hrbková, was Czech from a peasant family in the south Bohemian town of Přestanice, (a village in Bohemia, now part of Hlavňovice). [1]

Petr Brandl
Petr Brandl - Autoportrét (1700).jpg
Self-portrait of Petr Brandl, 1700
Petr Jan Brandl

(1668-10-24)October 24, 1668
DiedSeptember 24, 1735(1735-09-24) (aged 66)
Known forPainting
Notable work
Simeon s Ježíškem (Simeon with the Infant Jesus)

Brandl was famous in his time but – due to isolation behind the Iron Curtain – rather forgotten until recently. Brandl employed strong chiaroscuro, areas of heavy impasto and very plastic as well as dramatic figures.

According to the Grove Dictionary of Art and other sources, Brandl was apprenticed around 1683–1688 to Kristián Schröder (1655–1702).

The National Gallery in Prague, has an entire hall devoted to the artist's works, including "Bust of an Apostle" from some time before 1725.

The artist is a distant ancestor of both contemporary Austrian painter Herbert Brandl and contemporary American-Swiss painter Mark Staff Brandl.[2]



  1. ^ “Petr Brandl: A leading Baroque painter in Bohemia,” Tracy A. Burns,
  2. ^ Interview with Mark Staff Brandl in Art Museum Thurgau, 2006.

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