Workshop of Artus Wolfaerts (Antwerp 1581-1641)
The Four Evangelists
oil on canvas
84.3 x 114.8cm (33 3/16 x 45 3/16in).
Several versions of this composition are known, one of which is now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, Bordeaux.
In Christian tradition, the Four Evangelists are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the authors attributed with the creation of the four Gospel accounts in the New Testament that bear the following titles: Gospel according to Matthew; Gospel according to Mark; Gospel according to Luke and Gospel according to John.
Artus Wolffort (also Wolffordt and Wolffaert) (1581–1641) was a Flemish painter of history paintings, landscapes and portraits. He was born in Antwerp and trained as a painter in Dordrecht where he joined the local Guild of Saint Luke in 1603 and became a member of the Antwerp Guild in 1617.