Lambert Suavius

(b. c. 1510)

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(b Liège, c. 1510; d Frankfurt am Main, 1574–6). South Netherlandish printmaker, architect and poet. He was the son of the episcopal goldsmith Henri Zutman (1460–1512). He became a follower of his brother-in-law, Lambert Lombard, with whose work his own was formerly confused. Suavius became an independent master in 1539, when he married and bought a house in Liège. In the same year he purchased a glazier's stylus with a diamond point, which he used in addition to the standard engraver's burin to obtain a wider range of effects in his prints. He travelled to Italy, probably in the 1550s. His updated series of Views of Various Ruins (Hollstein, nos 90–117), including the Colosseum, evidently done in Rome, is executed entirely in etching, while his extensive series of portraits of the Roman emperors (Hollstein, nos 52–60) is done in a highly original mixture of engraving, drypoint and etching. He also engraved portraits of Cardinal Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle (1554, 1556; Hollstein, nos 79–80), Michelangelo (Hollstein, no. 78) and Albrecht Dürer (Hollstein, no. 75), in the last case using a medal as a prototype. In later years he designed a portion of the Antwerp Stadhuis (1561) and a portal (unexecuted) for the Rathaus of Cologne (1562).

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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