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Antoine Joseph Wiertz

Wiertz, Antoine Joseph (äNtwänˈ zhôzĕfˈ vērts) [key], 1806–65, Belgian historical painter. He enjoyed such prestige that the government built him a studio in Brussels, now the Wiertz Museum. He delighted in painting complicated, philosophical subjects and scenes from ancient history. Wiertz invented a type of mat painting and wrote a memoir on Flemish painting.

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