Jost de Negker

(c. 1485—1544)

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(b Antwerp, c. 1485; d Augsburg, c. 1544). Flemish draughtsman, designer of woodcuts and engraver, active in Germany. His earliest dated print was published in 1508 in Leiden, where he seems to have had ties, since he was later involved in the production of book illustrations there. The same year, he appears to have established himself in Augsburg, where he produced many outstanding woodcuts for the workshop of Emperor Maximilian I; several of his woodblocks survive (e.g. the Triumph of Emperor Maximilian I, 1508; b. 32, after Hans Burgkmair I). According to Bénézit, de Negker invented the chiaroscuro woodcut technique (see Woodcut, chiaroscuro). He also contributed to the development of multicolour printing. De Negker also executed engravings after Dürer, Holbein, Lucas van Leyden and others.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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