Virgil Solis (Biographical details)

Virgil Solis (printmaker; painter/draughtsman; German; Male; 1514 - 1562)

Also known as

Solis, Virgil


Engraver, etcher and draughtsman. Solis is known to have lived in Nuremberg from at least 1534, where he ran a print workshop which produced over 2000 single-sheet prints and book illustrations of varying quality, many copied from the work of other artists. His VS monogram was used as a factory mark. The abundance of ornament prints reflect an international taste which pervaded the whole market and his prints were primarily used as a resource for craftsmen of various decorative arts.


O'Dell-Franke, 'Solis Handzeichnungen'; O'Dell-Franke in H. Geissler, 'Deutsche Zeichner 1540-1640', i, pp. 42-43; Rowlands 1993; D. Beaujean in New Geman Hollstein, vol. LXIII, 2004, pp.xiii -xxiii (good introduction to his work). Schreiber German 111