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Netherlandish family of artists. There are at least two families of printmakers with this surname, and it is unclear whether or not or exactly how they were related. Willem Liefrinck (b Augsburg, 1490; d Antwerp, 1542) was a woodcutter, who worked in Augsburg in 1516 and 1518 on book illustrations for Emperor Maximilian. His son Hans Liefrinck I (b ?Augsburg, ?1518; d Antwerp, bur 28 Feb 1573) was active in Antwerp as a print publisher, engraver, woodcutter and etcher from 1538 until his death. Among the prints attributed to him are portrait engravings of the nobility and clergy, and a series of 44 woodcut portraits of Princes and Princesses (Hollstein, nos 92–135) after Cornelis Anthonisz. Hans I's daughter Mynken [Wilhelmine] Liefrinck (fl Antwerp, c. 1567–82) was a printer, illuminator and woodcutter, who worked mainly for Christoph Plantin in Antwerp, printing and hand-colouring maps and engraved book illustrations; she was also responsible for a woodcut Map of Greece (1578; Hollstein, no. 1) after Hubertus Goltzius.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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