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Vianen, van familylocked

  • Timothy Schroder


Dutch family of gold- and silversmiths. They were responsible for the evolution and dissemination of the Auricular style, which flourished in the Netherlands during the first quarter of the 17th century. This style was originally confined to embossed ornament and consisted of an amorphous repertory of fleshy scrolls and lobe-like forms.

(b ?Utrecht, 1569; d ?Utrecht, 1627).

He probably trained in the workshop of the goldsmith Bruno Ellardsz. van Leydenberch and was associated with such leading artists of his day as Hendrick Goltzius and Pieter Lastman. In contrast to his brother, (2) Paulus van Vianen, Adam never travelled far from his home town. In his youth he is known to have trained as an engraver, and at least two portraits and a map of Utrecht by him survive (see 1984–5 exh. cat., nos 81, 124), but it was in the modelling and embossing of silver that he excelled....

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