Flemish, 16th – 17th century, male.
Born c. 1527, in Brussels; died 1612, in Rome.
Engraver, draughtsman, print publisher.
Nicolaus van Aelst learned drawing and engraving in his home town of Brussels, then went to Rome where he set up a thriving trade in prints. This was his main activity, although he continued to engrave with a burin. It should be noted, however, that he was only the printer of the engraving of the statue of Henry II, the original artist being Tempesta....