Thursday, June 1, 2017

Maerten van Heemskerck

The abduction of Helen, queen of the Greek city-state Sparta, by Paris.[10] The Walters Art Museum.
Today's artist is one I have never heard of but his work opens the 16th century, the Golden Age of Dutch Art. 

Maerten van Heemskerck or Marten Jacobsz Heemskerk van Veen (1 June 1498 – 1 October 1574) was a Dutch portrait and religious painter, who spent most of his career in Haarlem. He was a pupil of Jan van Scorel, and adopted his teacher's Italian-influenced style. He spent the years 1532–6 in Italy.

He produced many designs for engravers, and is especially known for his depictions of the Wonders of the World.

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (from left to right, top to bottom): Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (also known as the Mausoleum of Mausolus), Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria as depicted by 16th-century Dutch artist Maarten van Heemskerck. (Wikipedia Commons)
He was one of the first Netherlandish artists to make drawings specifically for reproduction by commercial printmakers. He employed a technique incorporating cross-hatching and stippling, intended to aid the engraver.

Maarten van Heemskerck, “Les ruines de la Casa dei Crescenzi” Wikipedia
Maarten van Heemskerck scan with a stained glass double exposure.

Also born on June 1st: James Daugherty, American painter, muralist, children's book author, and illustrator.

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

I've never heard of this artist either, but I like him! My favorite of all depicted is The Abduction of Helen, but those Wonders of the World are pretty fantastic, too. Dutch painters are among some of the finest of the Renaissance painters, in my opinion.