Engraving, Ecco Homo, Lucas van Leyden
Old reproduction of the work Ecco Homo, published by the Rijksprentenkabinet. The image is 44 x 28.5 cm. There are some old folds in it, but otherwise the print is in good condition.
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Lucas van Leyden, also Lucas Hugensz. van Leyden or Lucas Jacobsz. (Leiden, May or early June 1494 – there, between May and early August 1533) was a Northern Dutch painter, draftsman, (copper) engraver, etcher and maker of woodcuts. He is counted among the greatest engravers in art history.
Van Leyden was a son of the painter Huygh Jacobsz. and his wife Marie Hendriksdr. According to the artist’s biographer Karel van Mander, he was born in May or June 1494. Later this year was questioned, some even suspect that Van Leyden was born in 1489, but 1494 is officially arrested. He was first trained as a painter by his father and then by the Leiden painter Cornelis Engebrechtsz. Van Leyden was a precocious talent. He would have made his first engraving at the age of nine and would have sold his first painting at the age of twelve. His earliest date of engraving is Mohammed and the murdered monk from 1508, a successful work showing that he had a good education, although it is not known where he learned to engrave.
He married Elisabeth van Boschhuyzen in 1515, from a considerable family in Leiden. This marriage remained childless. Lucas did have an illegitimate daughter Marijtje, who must have been born around 1512. She married the painter Dammas Claesz de Hoij and together they became the ancestors of the artist family De Hoij. Lucas has traveled a lot. He visited Jan Gossaert in Middelburg and traveled with him through Flanders. Van Leyden died in 1533 after a long-term illness from tuberculosis. He was buried in the Pieterskerk in Leiden.