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(b Aelst, 14 Aug. 1502; d Brussels, 6 Dec. 1550). Netherlandish painter, architect, sculptor, designer of tapestries and stained glass, writer, and publisher. He was probably a pupil of Bernard van Orley in Brussels, but he was active mainly in Antwerp, where he became a member of the painters' guild in 1527. Some time before then he had probably been to Rome and in 1533–4 he visited Constantinople.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)