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Afzal  

Persian illustrator. Active during the reign of the Safavid shah ‛Abbas II (reg 1642–66), Afzal produced manuscript illustrations and single pages for albums in different styles. Most of the 62 paintings he made for the voluminous copy (St Petersburg, Saltykov-Shchedrin Pub. Lib., Dorn 333) of Firdawi’s ...

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Alessandra Frabetti

Italian architect, engineer and designer. He was the son of Vincenzo Aleotti (not Francesco Aleotti, as is sometimes erroneously stated), from whom Giovanni Battista claimed he ‘learnt the art … as much as from all the other teachers I had’ (letter, 1583; see Coffin, p. 121). In ...

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Persian illustrator. The son of a painter, Muhammad ‛Ali became one of the most popular and prolific painters at the court of the Safavid monarch ‛Abbas II (reg 1642–66). Muhammad ‛Ali was a skilled and competent artist who preferred rounded contours and simple forms. Although he was not as innovative in form and style as his contemporary ...

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Polish, 17th century, male.

Active in Cracow towards the end of the 17th century.

Engraver (wood).

Nikolaus Bereszniewicz is mentioned from 1678 to 1689 as illustrator of literary works including Fortuna by Jan Gawinski. He also signed a plate showing a young woman, dated 1680...

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Feliciano Benvenuti

Italian family of typographers, engravers, publishers and print dealers. Members of the family were active in Venice and Padua in the 16th century and the early 17th. Most notable among them were Luca Bertelli (fl Venice, c. 1560; fl Padua, 1594), Orazio Bertelli (...

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Swiss, 17th – 18th century, male.

Born 1652, in Bern; died 1724.

Draughtsman.

Samuel Bodmer was a surveyor and drew many geographical maps

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Christian Dittrich

German painter, draughtsman, graphic artist and writer on art. He was a son and pupil of Andreas Bottschild II (c. 1590–1657), a painter and engraver, who decorated churches in Sangerhausen. Samuel had further training with his brother Johann Andreas Bottschild (b 1630...

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David Blayney Brown

German painter, designer, illustrator and printmaker. He probably studied first in the Low Countries. He was perhaps in Denmark c.1611, but then spent four years in Italy, mainly in Rome and Venice, where he met the English ambassador Sir Henry Wotton. By 1617 he was living in Copenhagen; an inscribed drawing of ...

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Alexandra Skliar-Piguet

French painter and writer. Although he is chiefly known for his Latin poem De arte graphica, which made a major contribution to the aesthetic debate in France in the later 17th century, he was also active as a painter, working in the classicizing style of Simon Vouet and Nicolas Poussin....

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Dutch, 17th century, male.

Engraver. Seals.

Christophe van Dyck was an engraver who used the chasing-chisel for the elzevir typeface. He was held in high regard as a master of this distinctive form of lettering.

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German, 17th century, male.

Active in Nuremberg.

Painter. Topographical views.

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Annette Faber

German painter, illustrator and printmaker. In 1592 he was granted the freedom of Leipzig, where he worked mainly as an illustrator for the publisher Henning Gross. He specialized in views and plans of towns, including Moscow, Wrocław, Venice, Istanbul and Jerusalem. His etchings illustrated the ...

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Persian School, 17th century, male.

Miniaturist.

This artist belonged to the School of Rizza Abbasi and probably worked in Esfahan. A work bearing his signature can be found in a collection of the ethnographic museum in Berlin.

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Dutch, 17th century, male.

Active in Amsterdam.

Born 1591.

Wood carver.

Along with Salomon Rogier, Hamersvelt undertook the carving of 36 geographic maps for the Amsterdam publisher H. Hondius. Probably belonging to this series is a map of the Holy Land, embellished with figures and ornaments, and signed by both artists....

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German, 17th century, male.

Activec.1640.

Painter.

Heins provided several portraits for the Chalcographic Library by Jean-Jacques Boissard.

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George Gordon

Bohemian etcher, illustrator and draughtsman, active in Germany, Flanders and England. He was an outstanding draughtsman and etcher of landscapes and topographical views and as an etcher also excelled in still-life subjects, best exemplified by his prints of shells and of muffs dating from the 1640s. Both fields show his instinct for direct and accurate recording. However, much of his illustrative work, enormously varied in subject-matter, is of no better than workmanlike quality and has always tended to undermine his reputation. Although Hollar spent some 32 of his 52 years of working life in England and signed himself with the anglicized form Wenceslaus, he always considered himself Bohemian, appending to his signature throughout his career the name of his native country or city....

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Japanese, 17th – 18th century, male.

Born 1664, in Osaka; died 1729.

Print artist, poster artist.

Torii Kiyonobu was the son of the poster designer Kiyomoto, who had moved with his family to Edo in 1687. He was the real founder of the Torii school after succeeding his father in ...

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Lumague  

Marie-Félicie Pérez

Franco-Italian family of bankers and patrons. By the beginning of the 17th century several members of the family, originally from the Grisons, had become established as bankers in France and Italy. Little biographical information is available, although inventories reveal that three of the sons of ...

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Michiel Jonker

Dutch family of artists. In the 1690s Jan Luyken (b Amsterdam, 16 April 1649; d Amsterdam, 1 April 1712) and his son Casper Luyken (bapt Amsterdam, 18 Dec 1672; bur Amsterdam, 4 Oct 1708) were the most productive and renowned illustrators in Amsterdam, at that time the publishing centre of the world. Jan was apprenticed to ...

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Mu‛in  

Eleanor Sims

Persian illustrator and painter. Numerous works clearly signed in black ink mu‛īn muṣavvir (‘Mu‛in the painter’) establish the dates of this artist’s activity. He codified the style developed by his teacher Riza and remained impervious to the eclecticism of late 17th-century art (see Islamic art, §III, 4(vi)(a)...