(b ?Mechelen, c. 1567; d ?Prague, after 1624). Flemish painter and draughtsman, active in Bohemia. According to A. Niederstein (Thieme–Becker), he was a free master in Antwerp in 1589. The hypothesis that Stevens visited Italy in the early 1590s cannot be proved; it is based only on a series of small, rather primitive drawings dated 1590 or 1591 (Vienna, Akad. Bild. Kst.), representing mainly ancient monuments in the vicinity of Rome and Naples. These drawings, however, are probably copies by Stevens, possibly after Jan Breughel the elder. The earliest original works by Stevens are four drawings dated 1592, Imaginary View of the Tiber in Rome, Mountainous Landscape with a Watermill, Wooded Path along a Stream (all Vienna, Albertina, 8368, 3484 and 3485) and Roman Ruins (Prague, N.G., Šternberský Pal., K-8914).
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.