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(b Mühlbracht [now Bracht-am-Niederrhein], Jan./Feb. 1558; bur. Haarlem, 1 Jan. 1617). Dutch printmaker, draughtsman, and painter of German descent, one of the most influential figures of his time in northern European art. He was the best-known line engraver of his day (he also made a few etchings) and the leader of a group of Mannerist artists who worked in Haarlem, where he founded some kind of ‘academy’ (perhaps a life class) with Cornelis van Haarlem and Karel van Mander.

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