Flemish painter, an artist with an international reputation, a representative of the neo-classical ideal. He visited Rome and was much taken with the ideas of Mengs
and Winckelmann and returned to home to become the leader of a school. His paintings are the result of his study of antique and Italian masters, but also his reading of classical and biblical writings (Ariadne on Naxos, Brussels Museum). In 1763, Lens became the director of the Antwerp Academy,
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