The Antwerp town clerk Pieter Gillis or Aegidius (1486 - 1533) was a notable humanist. He published poetry and produced publications of classical works, of Thomas More's Utopia and of letters of Erasmus. His house was an international meeting-place for scholars, diplomats, artists and art lovers. As a seventeen-year-old proof-reader at the printer Dirk Martens, he got to know Erasmus. In 1517, he and Erasmus commissioned their portraits from Quinten Massijs as presents for their friend Thomas More. The painter depicted them in an extended study. In the left-hand portrait, Erasmus is seen writing. In the right-hand portrait, Gillis is pointing to one of his friend's books and holding a letter from Thomas More in his left hand. This painting is a copy of the original (Salisbury, Collection of Lord Radnor).


  • Title: Portrait of Peter Gillis
  • Creator: Copy after Quinten Massijs I
  • Location: (Leuven 1456 - Antwerp 1530)

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