(b Amsterdam, 1566; d Amsterdam, before c. 1612). Dutch painter, draughtsman and etcher. He trained with the stained-glass artist Jacob Lenartz in Amsterdam and from c. 1588–9 to 1590 in Haarlem with cornelis Corneliszoon van haarlem; after his apprenticeship he stayed there for a number of years as an independent master. He is one of the first important Dutch painter–etchers before Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669). His work is distinguished by the wavy, exaggerated and contorted style typical of late Mannerism. The composition, style and pastel colours of the Flood (1592; Oldenburg, Landesmus.), his earliest dated painting, clearly show the influence of Cornelis Corneliszoon, as do the pen-and-wash drawings Outdoor Party in a Garden (1593; Munich, Staatl. Graph. Samml.) and Mercury (c. 1594; Rotterdam, Boymans–van Beuningen), the verso of which is addressed to the Utrecht goldsmith Adam van Vianen. He also made six etchings of religious subjects, five of which are dated 1593 and were probably made while he was still in Haarlem. His lines do not vary in thickness in imitation of engraved lines but end abruptly.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.