Cook Islands – 2010 – 5 Dollars – Petr Brandl (serie Masters of Europe) (PROOF)


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.925 silver, 30x38mm, 25 grams, mintage 2500

Petr Brandl (Peter Johannes Brandl or Jan Petr Brandl) (October 24, 1668 ? September 24, 1735) was a painter of the late Baroque, famous in his time but – due to isolation behind the Iron Curtain – rather forgotten until recently. He was of German-speaking Austrian descent in the bilingual kingdom of Bohemia. According to the Grove Dictionary of Art and other sources, Brandl was born into a craftsman?s family (his father seems to have been a goldsmith) and apprenticed around 1683?1688 to Kristián Schröder (1655?1702).
Brandl employed strong chiaroscuro, areas of heavy impasto and very plastic as well as dramatic figures. The major art museum in Prague, called the National Gallery, has an entire hall devoted to the artist’s works, including the wonderful 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 and Swiss painter Mark Staff Brandl.

planned issue date mid march 2010