I'm cramming for my exam on Cultural History in the Southern Netherlands (16th to 18th century). This year we are focusing on the aftermath of the legacy of the Rubens generation.
Well into the 18th century, two generations after Antwerp's great artists, the city still could bask in its former glory. A decline in the arts, but a reputation still internationally held in high regard.
A lot of artists emigrated abroad, some of them found posts as court artists.
Scheemaeckers' bio from the National Portrait Gallery:
Sculptor. Born in Antwerp, he came to London and by 1725 entered into partnership with his countryman Laurent Delvaux (with whom he visited Rome, 1728-30). His reputation was established by his celebrated life-size white marble statue of Shakespeare, 1740, in Westminster Abbey, after a design by William Kent and erected by the Earl of Burlington, Dr Mead, Alexander Pope and Mr Martin.
A rival of Rysbrack, he had a large practice in monuments and busts; he retired to his native Antwerp in 1771.
And then my course syllabus says:
Granted, John Gray is a poet and has a memorial in Poet's Corner. True.
Eeeek! Well, shiver me timbers!
Anyway, on a different note,
Trivial fun fact:
The first illustration is a sculpture by Tassaert of Catherina the Great as Minerva from the Hermitage Collection in St Petersburg. The second one is the melancholic looking Milton.
And oh, you have reached the end of the pedantic rant.