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Dutch family of artists. Zacharias Dolendo (b Leiden, between 1561 and 1573; d Leiden, before 1604) was an engraver. Only dated prints document the activity of this artist, whose early death was attributed by van Mander to drinking and wild behaviour. He was nevertheless a more accomplished engraver than his brother, Bartholomeus [Bartholomäus] (Willemszoon) Dolendo (b ?Leiden, c. 1571; d Leiden, c. 1629): Zacharias worked for many years with Jacques de Gheyn II and was one of Gerrit Dou's first teachers. A series of prints after designs by Hendrick Goltzius, for example the Blind Leading the Blind (1586; Hollstein, no. 86), suggests early contact with this master. However, the strongest influence on Zacharias Dolendo's work was de Gheyn, who often provided designs for and published his engravings. Zacharias's manner of engraving is most characteristically a miniaturized version of the Goltzius manner as seen in de Gheyn prints, with finer, tighter, but nonetheless graceful, linear hatching and silvery modulations of tone. He could alter his burin technique with skill, for example in the series of Christ and the Apostles (Hollstein, nos 30–43), which conveys the bold and eccentric linearity of de Gheyn drawings, and in the series of the Passion after Karel van Mander (Hollstein, nos 9–22), which he and de Gheyn engraved in the fine, delicate manner of Lucas van Leyden.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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