Ellis Carmyllyan

(fl. c. 1501—1552) painter

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(fl 1511–1542), Italian painter, active in England. He is named as ‘Alex of myllen’ and thereafter described as a ‘myllyner’, so it seems likely that he came from Milan; the persistent notion that he was a woman has been discredited by a record of tiles ‘by him delivered’. From 1511 to 1542 (perhaps earlier, perhaps later) he worked as a decorative artist in the service of Henry VIII, often alongside vincent Volpe. Carmyllyan worked with Volpe and Hans Holbein the Younger on the temporary banqueting house erected at Greenwich in 1527 for the entertainment of the French ambassadors. He also contributed to decorative works at Whitehall in 1532, where he painted and gilded wooden ceiling bosses.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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