NameFrans Luyckx (Leux, Lux, von Luxenstein)
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  • DatingLevnadstid: 1604-1668
    Verksamhetstid: 1620-1668, Österrike, Wien
Biography
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Frans Luyckx entered the Antwerp Guild of St Luke as a master in the 1620s and was probably active in the workshop of Rubens. After an educational journey to Rome in 1635 he was hired as court painter to Emperor Ferdinand III in Prague. There he was much favoured and stayed in the city until Leopold I was elected new emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in 1657, and then moved with him to Vienna. Initially under the influence of Rubens Luyckx mainly focused on historical and New Testament themes. These subjects were, however, abandoned soon after he came to Prague where he devoted himself to portraits of the imperial family, courtiers, generals and other important figures.