(b ?Venice, active c.1497; d Netherlands, 1511/16). Venetian painter and printmaker. His early career is obscure and he is first documented in 1500 in connection with his huge (nearly 3 m [10 ft] wide) woodcut view of Venice, which had taken three years to complete. Most of his known career was spent in Germany and the Netherlands, where he worked for several royal patrons. His delicate engravings, many of mythological figures, helped to spread the Italian conception of the nude in northern Europe.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)