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A. G.  

Italian, 16th century, male.

Monogram of an engraver (including copper), print publisher (?). Religious subjects.

A.G. is mentioned by Brulliot, and believed to have been a pupil of Marcantonio Raimondi. He is known for his Virgin Holding the Infant Jesus, and Crowned by Two Angels...

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German, 16th century, male.

Active in 1574.

Monogram of an engraver (wood).

A. H. R. is mentioned by Brulliot. He produced Satyric Allegory on the Catholic Church and Protestantism.

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German, 16th century, male.

Born 1502, in Paderborn (Westphalia); died c. 1558, in Soest.

Painter, designer of ornamental architectural features, engraver. Religious subjects, portraits.

Some biographers cite Heinrich Aldegrever's birthplace as the town of Paderborn, Germany, where his parents lived, while others claim it as Soest. He certainly lived in Soest after having completed his studies. In his study of the 'Little Masters' (so called because they engraved mostly small plates), Albert Rosemberg disputes that he studied under Dürer. Rosemburg even claims that he had never been to Nuremberg, despite van Melder's confirmation that Aldegrever worked at the high altar of a church in the town. It is indisputable, however, that Dürer strongly influenced him. Other artists who influenced him are Barthel Beham and Georg Pencz....

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German, 16th century, male.

Born c. 1480, in Altdorf, in Regensburg according to some sources; died 1538, in Regensburg.

Painter, watercolourist, engraver, draughtsman, architect. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, hunting scenes, landscapes, landscapes with figures.

Danube School.

Albrecht Altdorfer could be considered as important an artist as Dürer. He probably acquired basic artistic skills while working with his father Ulbrich, who is known to have became a burgher of Regensburg in 1478. Albrecht is also believed to have studied the art of miniature painting. Almost all of his artistic activity took place in Regensburg where he worked from 1508 in various official capacities, playing an active role in the public life of the town. In 1526 he was nominated as the town's architect and directed building works on the ramparts and slaughterhouses. He also became a member of the town council....

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German, 16th century, male.

Active between 1512 and 1561.

Painter, engraver (wood), illustrator. Religious subjects.

Erhard Altdorfer is believed to have been the brother of Albrecht Altdorfer. The latter mentions him in his will, dated 12 February 1538, as a citizen of Schwerin. Erhard was a painter to the court of Prince Henry the Peaceful and accompanied him to a royal wedding in Wittenburg. This occasion is believed to have given him the opportunity to meet Lucas Cranach, whose influence can be detected in some of his works. In 1516 he painted an altarpiece in Sternberg, Germany, which has been lost. In a 1552 letter to the young Duke John-Albert of Mecklenburg, he gives the impression of having been an architect along with his brother. Erhard Altdorfer is known today for his wood engravings, some of which are signed with a monogram formed by an intertwining of the letters ...

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Italian, 16th century, male.

Born 1505, in Motta di Livenza; died 9 March 1588, in San Vito, in Friuli.

Painter, fresco artist, engraver, draughtsman. Religious subjects.

Pomponio Amalteo was the son of Leonardo, a burgess of Motta, and of Natalia, the sister of the Latin scholars Paolo Marcantonio and Francesco Amaltei. He was a pupil of Pordenone and became his brother-in-law. His reputation quickly grew and he received important commissions within the province....

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Italian, 14th century, male.

Engraver, marquetry worker. Religious subjects. Religious furnishings.

From 1331 to 1335, Andrea di Martino da Siena worked on the choir stalls at Orvieto Cathedral with Giovanni Ammanati da Siena and under the direction of Niccolo di Nuto. A record survives there showing his signature and the sum he was paid....

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Italian, 16th century, male.

Born 1514, in Verona; died 1575.

Painter, fresco artist, engraver. Religious subjects.

Battista Angolo del Moro lived in the second half of the 16th century. He was a pupil of Torbido and perhaps also of Titian, whose style he imitated.

His work consists primarily of church and palace decoration. Of the works of his early years a fresco of ...

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Italian, 16th century, male.

Painter, engraver. Religious subjects, mythological subjects.

Venetian School.

Marco Angolo del Moro was Venetian. He was taught by his father, Battista Angolo, and assisted him in his work. A painting of All Saints' Day, dated 1570 and signed by the artist, which was originally in S Bartolomeo on Murano, is now in the Accademia in Venice. In Verona there is a copy by the artist of the ...

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Italian, 16th century, male.

Born in Trento; died c. 1530, in Bologna.

Engraver (wood). Religious subjects.

Antonio da Trento was long confused with Antonio Fantuzzi because of their similar monograms. Henri Zerner made the distinction between the two painters in 1964. A chiaroscuro engraver, Da Trento worked in Bologna during the early 16th century. Parmigianino employed him as an engraver in his studio from ...

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Italian, 15th – 16th century, male.

Born c. 1474, in Bologna; died 1552, in Bologna.

Painter, sculptor, engraver, draughtsman. Religious subjects, allegorical subjects, portraits. Miniatures.

Bolognese School.

Amico Aspertini was the younger brother of Guido Aspertini. He studied with E. Roberti Grandi and Lorenzo Costa but appears to have developed his style mainly from visiting the great art centres of Italy. From ...

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German, 15th century, male.

Born c. 1435; died 1504.

Painter, miniaturist, illuminator, writer, printer. Religious subjects.

School of Alsace.

Hans Baemler's name appears for the first time in 1453. He established himself in Augsburg as a printer. His name appears on two miniatures, a Crucifixion...

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German, 16th century, male.

Born 1484 or 1485, in Gmund (Swabia); died September 1545, in Strasbourg.

Painter, engraver, draughtsman. Religious subjects, allegorical subjects, portraits, genre scenes.

Strasbourg School.

Baldung Grien came from Alsace of a family of some social importance. His father held a position in the bishopric of Strasbourg, one of his uncles was the doctor of Emperor Maximilian and worked in Freiburg-im-Breisgau, while his brother and his cousin - both lawyers - became important officials at the imperial court. As well as his artistic studies, Baldung acquired a solid humanist education while in Strasbourg. He may have worked in the studio of Martin Schongauer, although, like his supposed birth in Weyersheim (a small village in Alsace), this has not been verified. More certain is that he completed his artistic training in Nuremberg between 1505 and 1507 as a pupil of Dürer. The two men quickly recognised each others' talents and remained friends. In 1521, when he travelled to the Netherlands, Dürer took with him several engravings by Baldung, and when he died left his former pupil a lock of his hair (now preserved in the academy in Vienna)....

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Italian, 15th – 16th century, male.

Born between 1440 and 1450, in Venice; died at the beginning of 1516, in Brussels.

Painter, engraver (burin), draughtsman. Religious subjects, allegorical subjects, portraits, genre scenes, still-lifes.

From 1500 to 1508, Jacopo de' Barbari painted court portraits in Germany. He moved to Nuremberg where he worked in the service of the Emperor Maximilian. Here, as in Venice, he is believed to have collaborated with Anton Kolb. He is also mentioned in Weimar, Wittenberg, Naumburg and Torgau. By 1507 Barbari was in the Low Countries in the service of Count Philip of Burgundy, together with Gossart, whom he protected. In 1510 he executed paintings for Margaret of Austria, ruler of the Low Countries who, in 1511, awarded him a pension for 'debility and old age'. He was almost certainly of German birth and was called Jacob Walch; he is referred to in records by the name ...

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Italian, 16th century, male.

Born 1506, in Brescia.

Engraver (burin/wood).

Bartolommeo da Brescia worked in Brescia until about 1579. He produced a number of engravings there: Christ on the Cross with Mary, St John, St Nicodemus and St Mary Magdalene (1576); a copy of an engraving of ...

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Italian, 15th – 16th century, male.

Painter, engraver, illustrator. Religious subjects.

Florentine School.

Bartolommeo di Giovanni was a Florentine painter, active from 1483 to 1511. It has been possible to establish firm authorship of only one of his works: in an archive record of a contract dated ...

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German, 16th century, male.

Born c. 1480, in Augsburg; died 1542, in Augsburg.

Painter, engraver, illuminator, illustrator. Religious subjects.

Augsburg School.

Both alone and in collaboration with his son, Leonhard Beck made numerous illuminations and woodcuts. He is believed to have assisted Holbein the Elder. Received as a master in ...

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German, 16th century, male.

Born in Nuremberg; died, in Italy.

Painter, engraver, draughtsman. Religious subjects, battles, portraits.

Nuremberg School.

The younger brother of Hans Sebald Beham, Barthel Beham began working at a very young age; his earliest prints are dated 1520. His independent character and religious views, considered to be heretical, forced him to take refuge in Munich. He then entered the service of Duke William IV of Bavaria, contributing to the decoration of the Duke's new palace. He remained in the court of the Duke until about ...

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German, 16th century, male.

Born in Nuremberg; died, in Frankfurt.

Painter, sculptor, engraver (etching/burin/wood), draughtsman. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, military subjects, allegorical subjects, figures, portraits, animals.

Nuremberg School.

Elder brother of Barthel Beham, Hans Sebald Beham is said to have been instructed by Albrecht Dürer, whose influence he certainly shows. He was also influenced by the work of Albrecht Altdorfer. Like his brother, Hans Sebald was already producing works when very young. In ...

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16th century, male.

Active in Ansbach from 1582 to 1614 (?).

Engraver, goldsmith.

Examples of his work include Christ on the Cross, Hunter and Hunted, Little Book of Animals (seven engravings), Grotesques (two), Ornaments and Sundials (six), Grotesque Ornaments (four) and Little Book of the Forest...