Portrait of Arnikius from Diest - Pieter (I) Stramot - 1715

Portrait of Arnikius from Diest

Artist: 
Pieter (I) Stramot
Dated: 
1715
Material : 
oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
90.0 cm x 120.0 cm
Inventory number: 
S18
Museum:
City Museum "De Hofstadt" Diest
Subcategory:
Beginning 18th century
Type:
Painting

This painting by Pieter Stramot portrays Arnikius. This son of Arnold I, lord of Diest, is said to have taken part in the third crusade to Palestine. Arnikius is a seventeenthcentury creation of prelate Vaes from Averbode. The Norbertines needed saints and so created fictitious hagiographies. Arnikius is based on a medieval chronicle which refers to a certain Amicus. Amicus became Arnikius. Pieter Stramot was a painter and stained-glass artist from Diest. He was also alderman of the town for some time.