Maarten van Heemskerck (Biographical details)

Maarten van Heemskerck (painter/draughtsman; Dutch; Male; 1498 - 1574)

Also known as

Heemskerck, Maarten van; Veen, Maarten van; Heemskerk, Martin


Painter and print designer; worked in Haarlem and Italy. Born in Heemskerck; son of a farmer. Trained in Haarlem under Jan van Scorel; in Italy 1532-6/7; later career in Haarlem, where one of the richest citizens. Prolific designer of compositions for prints, almost all made by others. Artists who engraved after his designs include Dirk Coornhert (c.1547-59), Philips Galle (from 1559), Cornelis Bos, Theodoor de Bry (q.v.).


Prints = New Hollstein (1993). This replaces the first catalogue by Thomas Kerrich in 1829.
Many drawings are preserved in Copenhagen (see J. Garff, 'Tegninger af Maerten van Heemskerck', Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen 1971).