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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Jan Verkade

Jan Willibrord Verkade
[b. Zaandam (near Amsterdam) 18 September 1868 - d. 10 June 1946 Abbey of Beuron, Germany]
Mural at the Beuron Archabbey (in German Erzabtei Beuron, otherwise Erzabtei St. Martin) Baden-Württemberg in Germany
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Verkade was one of the Nabis.

In 1892 he converted to Catholicism and in 1893 became a novice at the Abbey of Beuron, Germany. In 1902 he was ordained.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the Beuron Art School, with its emphasis on early Christian and Byzantine art, was influential on religious art of the period.

He was involved in the decoration of the Abbey of Beuron as well as the Monastery at Monte Cassino.