(b Antwerp, 1540; d ?Cologne, 1587). Flemish engraver and publisher. His earliest dated engravings are two series: Friezes with Hunting Scenes (1565–6; Hollstein, nos 61–6) and Ornaments with Figures on a Black Background (1566, 1569; Hollstein, nos 121–6). From those same years comes an excellent engraving of a Horseman of the Apocalypse (1568; Hollstein, no. 42) and a series of Apostles (1568; Hollstein, nos 16–27). In 1570 he was working in Breda, where he engraved series of illustrations for Christoph Plantin (e.g. engravings after Pieter van der Borcht IV and Crispijn de Passe I for the Humanes salutis monumenta of B. A. Montanus, 1571; Hollstein, nos 384–455, and engravings after van der Borcht for Officium B. Mariae Virginis, 1575; Hollstein, nos 32–5). From 1577–c. 1580 Abraham was in Cologne, where he published a series of costumes from various countries and continents for the Omnium poene gentium imagines (1577) and the Imperii ac sacerdotii ornatus: Diversarum item gentium peculiaris vestitus (1578). On his return to Antwerp, he executed a new series of costume studies in Omnium pene Europae, Asiae, Aphricae atque Americae gentium habitus (1581; Hollstein, nos 248–306), in which he included several prints unchanged from the 1577 and 1578 publications. A new edition also appeared in 1581, published by J. de Bosscher. These publications provide an important source of information on 16th-century costumes.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.