Wilhelmus Veldsteen (c.1455 in Donderstad - 1504 in Grijzestad) was a famous Brunanter painter of the Renaissance era. Not much is known about Veldsteen's life. To date, only a few of his pieces are preserved.
Well-known politician Wilhelm Gent claims he descends from Wilhelmus Veldsteen through his mother's family.
Veldsteen was born in Donderstad some time between 1455 and 1459. He grew up at 7 Venice Street, which is the oldest continually inhabited building in Brunant. Young Wilhelmus learned to paint from a local painter and was soon known for his fine art. From 1489-1493, he focused on painting his materpiece, The Convention of Grijzestad, a 91" by 62.5" paint showing the convention's signing.
Veldsteen occupied himself with painting of everyday events. From 1499-1501, he lived in the Netherlands and Veldsteen might even have spent some time in Bologna, Italy. In 2005, a French art expert recognized his style in a painting. It was determined the portrait was painted by Wilhelmus Veldsteen.
|1489-1493||The Convention of Grijzestad||National Museum of Art|
|1494||Self-portrait||National Museum of Art|
|c.1496||Writing a Letter||Gemäldegalerie|
|1501||Woman with a Lute||Kunsthistorisches Museum|
|The Noble Soldier||Private collection|