Barbireau, Jacobus b. 1455 d. August 7, 1491 Composer. A member of the Franco-Flemish School. He had a major reputation during the 1500s, mostly stemming from his song "Een vroylic wesen" ("A Plesant Being", c. 1485), a widely popular tune of the Renaissance period. It was used in Mass settings by Heinrich Issac and Jacob Obrecht, and various arrangements have been found throughout Europe. His other surviving compositions - two Masses, a Mass movement, the motet "Osculetur me", and the songs "Fair Love" and "Charming and Beautiful" -...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Antwerpen Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal, Antwerp, Arrondissement Antwerpen, Antwerp (Antwerpen), Belgium
Bull, John b. 1562 d. March 13, 1628 Composer. A virtuoso keyboard player, he was also the probable composer of the tune that became England's National Anthem, "God Save The King/Queen". In 1613 he fled to Belgium to escape charges of lewd conduct, the Archbishop of Canterbury having complained, "Bull is as famous for marring of virginity as he is for fingering of organs and virginals". He settled in Antwerp and was organist of the cathedral there when he died. Needless to say he was not the prototype of the famous fictional...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Antwerpen Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal, Antwerp, Arrondissement Antwerpen, Antwerp (Antwerpen), Belgium Plot: (Former Churchyard to the South of the building).
Cox, Jan b. August 27, 1919 d. October 7, 1980 Painter. Born in The Hague, Netherlands. Jan had a childhood of conflicting emotion, during which he co-founded the Jeune Peinture Belge group and worked on the fringes of the Cobra movement. In 1956 he came to America, where he lived for the next 18 years. Becoming head of the Painting Department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. He was recognized as an inspired painter and teacher. In 1974 he returned to Belgium, to live in Antwerp, and devote himself exclusively to painting, but he...[Read More] (Bio by: Shock) Antwerpen Schoonselhof Communal Cemetery, Antwerp, Arrondissement Antwerpen, Antwerp (Antwerpen), Belgium
Gentils, Vic b. April 18, 1919 d. February 25, 1997 Painter and Sculptor. The son of a french father and a flemish mother. Born in Ilfracombe, Devon. His father returned with his family to Belgium in 1925, settling in Antwerp. Vic trained as a painter and decorator, his father's profession, and Vic's skills in woodworking and gilding were a crucial part of his later practice as a sculptor. He studied painting and engraving but in the mid-1950s began working in three dimensions. In 1960 he began making the constructions in wood for which he is...[Read More] (Bio by: Shock) Antwerpen Schoonselhof Communal Cemetery, Antwerp, Arrondissement Antwerpen, Antwerp (Antwerpen), Belgium
Mercier, Cardinal. Désiré b. November 21, 1851 d. January 23, 1926 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Born in the center of Waterloo's plain inside the Chateau du Castegier to a family of French bourgeoisie origins, Désiré-Félicien-François-Joseph Mercier rose to become one of the most prominent Catholic figures of the early twentieth century. Tutored privately, Mercier entered seminary in Mechelen, pursuing later his studies at the University of Louvain from where he earned a licentiate in theology and a doctorate in philosophy. Ordained priest in Brussels in April...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Saint Rumbolds Cathedral, Mechelen, Arrondissement Mechelen, Antwerp (Antwerpen), Belgium
Preud'Homme, Armand b. February 21, 1904 d. February 7, 1986 Composer. He was a Belgian pianist-composer best known for the TV movie score of “Melodieën van Armand Preud'homme” (1959) and the opera “Ten huize van” (1957). Some of his other works included “Kempenland” (1938), “The beeklok” (1941), “Bengel” (1967) and “My lovely Kempenland” (1970). In addition, his “Ten huize van”, was a TV series in 1970. He also wrote “Susa Nina”, a Christmas song which was translated in 18 different languages. Over the coarse of his life he wrote about 450 songs. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Antwerpen Schoonselhof Communal Cemetery, Antwerp, Arrondissement Antwerpen, Antwerp (Antwerpen), Belgium