Pieter van Bloemen

1674 - 1720

About the artist

Pieter van Bloemen, also known as Lo Stendardo was born in Antwerp in 1657. He was baptized on the 17th of January.
He was a Flemish painter. He was a gifted landscape and animal painter and was very successful with his compositions depicting equestrian, animal and market scenes.
He was a pupil of Simon Johannes van Douw, according to some historians already from the age of 10. He became a master of the local Guild of Saint Luke in 1674 at the age of 17.
His two younger brothers were also painters; Jan Frans and Norbert.

Pieter became a member of the Bentvueghels, an association of mainly Dutch and Flemish artists active in Rome. It was common practice in the Bentvueghels to give each member a nickname, the so-called "bent name". Pieter's bent name was "Standaart" or in Italian "Standardo". It is believed he was given this nickname in reference to the standards and banners that he regularly painted in his military subjects.

In 1694 Pieter returned to Antwerp where he became the dean of the Guild of Saint Luke of Antwerp in 1699.

He was the teacher of his younger brothers Jan Frans and Norbert as well as of Peeter van Aken and Frans van Alter.
He died in Antwerp on the 6th of March in 1720.