Johann Ladenspelder


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(b ?Essen, 1512; dafter 1561). German printmaker. His engraved Self-portrait (Hollstein, no. 34) reveals that he was 28 years old in 1540 and from Essen. His oeuvre comprises about 70 engravings of religious, mythological, allegorical and ornamental subject-matter, plus copies of the 50 anonymous Italian engravings known as the ‘Tarrocchi Cards of Mantegna’, engraved after Andrea Mantegna (1430/31–1506). Ladenspelder signed five prints (Joan Ladenspelder Essendiensis), placed a variety of monograms (formed from the letters IHVE, LVE, HLVE, etc) on 50 others and dated 23 prints between 1535 and 1559. He copied nine of Albrecht Dürer's engravings, for example Adam and Eve (Hollstein, no. 2), and one after Sebald Beham, Luna (Hollstein, no. 64), and issued engravings bearing his own monogram from a plate by Cornelis Massys. His prints reflect the influence of Marcantonio Raimondi (c. 1470/82–1527/34) as well as of Netherlandish artists and the Dürer school. Ladenspelder is thought to be the painter ‘Johann von Essen’, documented as having purchased a house in Cologne in 1561.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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