(fl first half of the 16th century; d Poznań, 1585). Polish engraver and goldsmith. He was the son of the goldsmith Benedykt Kamyn (d 1564). From 1541 to 1546 he was apprenticed to his future brother-in-law, Andrzej Gwóźdź, and from 1553 was noted in the goldsmiths’ guild book as a master. Although he is known to have headed a large workshop, his gold and silver works have not been identified. His engravings, however, are extant, for example a collection of pattern engravings for goldsmiths (1552) and a coat of arms in Librum insigniorum regionum atque clenodiorum Regni Poloniae … (1575). These skilfully cut engravings show small designs for jewellery, weapon ornament and gold and silver work, influenced by Flemish grotesques, for example those of Cornelis Bos. Kamyn's engravings rarely introduce figurative or zoomorphic themes, but are characterized by the use of cartouches, arabesques and naturalistic ornament. Their influence on the work of craftsmen in Poznań in the first half of the 17th century can be detected in the wares of the region.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.