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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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Swiss, 16th century, male.

Active in Germany from 1560.

Born 1539, in Zurich; died 15 March 1591, in Nuremberg.

Painter, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator.

Nuremberg School.

Like his great predecessors Dürer, Aldegrever and Beham, Jost Amman devoted his artistic efforts to engraving. Little is known of his paintings. He produced remarkable stained glass windows with brilliant colours, as did many other Swiss artists. It is reasonable to suppose that before leaving Zurich for Nuremberg he had the opportunity to work with some of the accomplished stained glass painters who enjoyed a privileged social position in 16th-century Switzerland. It is not known who taught him. In 1560 he settled in Nuremberg where he spent the rest of his life, honourably continuing the tradition of his great artistic predecessors. Judging by his production (540 works), he was very successful....

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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 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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16th century, male.

Illuminator, engraver (wood).

Credited with a Plan of Augsburg.

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Dutch, 16th century, male.

Born 16 December 1534, in Mechelen; died 20 November 1593, in Amsterdam.

Painter (gouache), miniaturist, watercolourist, illuminator, engraver, draughtsman. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, portraits, village scenes, landscapes with figures.

Amsterdam School.

The son of Simon Bol and pupil of his father's brothers, Jean and Jacques Bol, Hans Bol worked initially in Heidelberg and then in Mons. On 10 February 1560, he was admitted to the guild in Mechelen. In 1572, after the sack of Mechelen, he left the town and, quite destitute, journeyed to Antwerp. Here he made the acquaintance of an art lover, Anton Couvreur, who became his patron. In 1574, he was admitted into the Antwerp painters' guild and, on 16 September of the same year, he was granted citizenship. Concerned that other artists were copying his work, he abandoned painting in egg tempera and started to produce small pictures in oil and gouache. In 1584, the war obliged him to flee Antwerp for Bergen-op-Zoom, Holland, where he remained until 1586. He then set up in Amsterdam, having first passed through Dordrecht and Delft. He married a widow whose son, Frans Boch, became his pupil. Other pupils were Jacquaes Savary of Courtrai and Pierre de Kleerck of Antwerp. The usual date given for his death, 1593, seems doubtful because of a miniature on parchment in existence in Berlin in 1883 depicting an ...

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German, 16th century, male.

Born between 1475 and 1480, in Augsburg; died 1537, in Augsburg.

Painter, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator. History painting, religious subjects, allegorical subjects, battles, genre scenes, hunting scenes. Murals, designs for stained glass.

Danube School (Augsburg).

Jörg Breu the Elder is mentioned from 1501...

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German, 16th century, male.

Active in Cologne, from 1528 to 1555.

Engraver (wood).

Le Blanc mentions the frontispiece of Commentarii initiatorii in quator evangelia and that of Egreii Evangeliæ Veritatis as being by this artist, who was also a bookseller and print seller.

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Dutch, 16th century, male.

Born between 1470 and 1477, in Oostsanen; died before 18 October 1533, in Amsterdam.

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

Amsterdam School.

Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen was the brother of Cornelis I Buys and the father of Dirck Jacobsz. or Jacobszoon, both of whom were painters. He trained in Haarlem, then moved in about 1500 to Amsterdam, where he was the master of Jan van Scoreel from 1512 to 1517....

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French, 16th century, male.

Born c. 1490, in Soucy, near Sens; died c. 1560, in Paris.

Painter, sculptor, engraver, illustrator, architect.

First Fontainebleau School.

It seems incontrovertible that Jean Cousin was a painter and an engraver. His activity as an architect seems to have been limited to the publication in ...

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French, 16th century, male.

Born c. 1522, probably in Sens (Yonne); died c. 1594, in Paris.

Painter, sculptor, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator. History painting, religious subjects, mythological subjects.

Fontainebleau School.

Jean Cousin the Younger was a pupil of his father Jean Cousin the Elder and worked for most of his life in Sens....

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D. S.  

Swiss, 16th century, male.

Engraver (wood), painter, draughtsman, illustrator.

The artist with this monogram was originally from Basel in Switzerland, and was active between 1503 and 1515. He was a talented draughtsman who produced illustrations for books published in Basel.

Basel: The Repentent Fisherman and the Unrepentent Fisherman on their Deathbeds...

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French, 16th century, male.

Illuminator, engraver (burin/etching).

First Fontainebleau School..

Active in Fontainebleau and Paris between 1540 and 1556, this artist signed his prints with the initials L.D. According to Adam Bartsch, writing in the 19th century, two plates, one with the inscription Lion and the other ...

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German, 16th century, male.

Active in Lübeck (Schleswig-Holstein)c.1550.

Illuminator, engraver (wood).

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Austrian, 16th century, male.

Died 6 September 1584, in Vienna.

Painter, engraver, illustrator.

Georg Forster was active in Krumau (Bohemia). Some playing cards painted by him are preserved in the state library in Vienna. He also provided engraved illustrations for a bible printed in Prague in ...

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German, 15th century, male.

Born c. 1432, in Nuremberg.

Illuminator, engraver (wood).

He made engravings of religious subjects . The imperial library in Vienna possesses a richly illuminated book of hours painted by this artist and known as the Book of Hours of Duke William IV of Bavaria...

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German, 16th century, male.

Active in Nuremberg.

Illuminator, engraver (wood).

Some woodcuts and painted miniatures are attributed to this artist. An example of the latter is a parchment with painted coats of arms in the collection of prints in Nuremberg.

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German, 16th century, male.

Born 1492; died 1 January 1553.

Illuminator, engraver (wood).

Nuremberg School.

An excellent maker of woodcuts, at the age of seventeen he published a treatise on perspective. His miniatures are in the style of Albrecht Dürer.

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Gryphe  

German, 16th century, male.

Born probably, in Reutlingen (Baden-Württemberg).

Printer, engraver (wood).

The brother of Sébastien Gryphe (1493-1556), he lived from 1532 to 1545 in Paris and Lyons where he was a printer and bookseller. Rondot (in his Art and Artists at Lyons...

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German, 16th century, male.

Born probably in 1546, in Nuremberg.

Engraver (wood), illuminator.