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Larmessin I, Nicolas de
Paris (France), 1632 - Paris (France), 24.7.1694
Larmessin I, Nicolas de
Paris (France), 1632 - Paris (France), 24.7.1694

Engraver, elder brother of Nicolas de Larmessin II. His father was a libraire; he himself was apprenticed to Jean Mathieu in 1647. Married 1654 the daughter of the print publisher Pierre Bertrand of the Pomme d'Or in rue St Jacques. Took over his stock at his death c.1678. On his own death, the business seems to have been continued by his widow. Specialised in portraits, often in series (https://w

Vollenhoven, Herman van
Utrecht, H.1585 - Utrecht, H.1628
Vollenhoven, Herman van
Utrecht, H.1585 - Utrecht, H.1628

The only known information on this painter is that, in 1611, he belonged to the Guild of Saint Muller (the brotherhood of painters of Utrecht), of which he was a member in 1627–1628. He painted still lifes, portraits and religious scenes, although the latter are only known through prints (Posada Kubissa, T.: Pintura holandesa en el Museo Nacional del Prado. Catálogo razonado, 2009, p. 260).

Candid, Pieter
Bruges, H. 1548 - Munich, 1628
Candid, Pieter
Bruges, H. 1548 - Munich, 1628

A Netherlander by birth, Candid moved to Florence with his father, the bronze-caster Elias de Witte, when he was about ten years old. Biographical details are provided by Karel van Mander (1548-1606), whom he met in that city in 1574. According to van Mander, Candid assisted Vasari (1511-1574) with the decoration of the interior of the Sala Regia in the Vatican, as well as with the cupola of Flore

Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Sevilla (Spain), 1599 - Madrid (Spain), 1660
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Sevilla (Spain), 1599 - Madrid (Spain), 1660

Born in Seville, Velázquez adopted his mothers surname, as was common in Andalusia, signing “Diego Velázquez” or “Diego de Silva Velázquez". He studied painting and worked professionally in his native city until he was twenty-four, then moved with his family to Madrid. There, he entered the king’s service, remaining until his death in 1660. Much of his work was painted for the royal collection and

Rubens, Peter Paul
Siegen, Westphalia (Germany), 1577 - Antwerp (Belgium), 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul
Siegen, Westphalia (Germany), 1577 - Antwerp (Belgium), 1640

No other 17th-century European painter combined artistic talent, social and economic success and a high cultural level like Rubens. Though primarily a painter, he also made numerous designs for prints, tapestries, architecture, sculpture and decorative objects. His abundant work is strikingly versatile in its subject matter, including paintings on mythological, religious and historical subjects as

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