Léon Davent

(fl. 1540—1556)

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(fl 1540–56). French engraver. Very little is known about his life and career. Only one of his engravings, the Apostles Contemplating Christ and the Virgin (1546; Zerner, L.D. 55) after Giulio Romano, bears a full name, ‘Lion Daven’; all the others have merely the monogram ‘L.D.’, under which his work is usually catalogued. Until Herbet's study, this monogram was taken to be the signature of the Fleming Léonard Thiry. Davent made engravings from 1540, turning to etching c. 1543–4. Herbet attributed 221 plates to him, Zerner only 98.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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