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date: 05 December 2019

Sadeler, Jean or Johann or Jan or Hans I, the Elderlocked


Flemish School, 16th century, male.

Active also in Germany and England.

Born 1550, in Brussels; died August 1600, in Venice.

Draughtsman, engraver (burin), print dealer.

Jean Sadeler I's father was an inlaid metal worker and Jean was trained for this profession. However, he devoted himself at an early age to the study of the human figure. When he was about 20 he began to engrave on copper and in 1572 he was admitted as a master to the guild of St Luke. It has been said that he travelled in Germany and worked in Cologne from 1580 to 1587. The facts, or at least the dates, may not be correct, because according the guild archives, Gillis Sadeler was a pupil of his in 1585. In 1587 he is referred to in Frankfurt, and in 1589 in Munich, where Duke William II of Bavaria granted him a pension of 200 gold florins. He went to Rome in 1593 or 1595, and finally to Venice. During these travels he engraved a large number of plates and his overall output was considerable....

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