Mattheus van
Beveren (1630-1690)

Flemish Ivory Carver

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Mattheus van Beveren was a well-known Flemish sculptor and leader of the Mattheus van Beveren Workshop. Beveren most likely studied under the sculptor, Peeter Verbrugghen, before becoming a master in the Antwerp Guild of St Luke in 1649-50. Beveren is highly revered for both his small-scale carvings made from ivory and terracotta and monumental pieces carved from marble, stone and wood.



Cupid on a Lion

Cupid on a Lion; Flemish Ivory, ebony base; H. of statuette 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm), H. of base 4 1/2 in. (10.4 cm)

Beveren’s ivory sculpture “Cupid on a Lion” now belongs to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The piece is inspired from Ovid and Virgil, delivering the message “love conquers all”. The cupid, taming the ferocious lion, represents love.

Beveren’s sculpture “Lamentation with Sorrowing Angels” is carved from boxwood, but shows similarities in style to his ivory pieces. Beveren also made a full-scale version for the altar of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows in Dendermonde (Belgium).

Mattheus van Beveren is highly recognized for his artistic work and contributions as an instructor. The Workshop of Mattheus van Beveren produced many important religious sculptures in the Netherlands. Mattheus van Beveren’s sculptures now belong to important museums and collections throughout Europe and the United States.

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Cupid on a Lion

Lamentation with Sorrowing Angels; 17th century: Workshop of Mattheus van Beveren. Flemish Boxwood; Overall (with base) 18 x 12 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (45.7 x 31.8 x 16.5 cm)