The water well of Quinten Matsijs
The maker of the well, Quinten Matsijs was a blacksmith and painter. He lived from 1466 to 1530 and was a founder of the Antwerp School. The Antwerp School is a term for the artists active in Antwerp, first during the 16th century when the city was the economic center of the Low Countries, and then during the 17th century when it became the artistic stronghold of the Flemish Baroque paintings under Peter Paul Rubens. Quinten Matsijs's work is especially religious and he is praised for his use of color and carefully balanced compositions, His paintings hang in museums and in private collections all over the world.