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The Card Players
Photo credit: The Mellerstain Trust

The Card Players

Lucas van Leyden (c.1494–1533)

The Mellerstain Trust

(b Leiden, ?1494; d Leiden, May/Aug. 1533). Netherlandish engraver and painter. The only evidence for the birthdate of 1494 is van Mander's biography, and some scholars think it is likely Lucas was born a few years earlier than this, around 1490. He was the pupil of his father, from whose hand no works are known, and of Cornelis Engelbrechtsz, but both these were painters whereas Lucas himself was principally an engraver. How he learnt engraving is unknown, but he showed precocious skill in the art: the earliest dated print by him (Mohammed and the Murdered Monk, 1508) was made when he was probably still in his teens, yet it reveals no trace of immaturity in inspiration or technique. In 1514 he became a member of the Leiden painters' guild. He seems to have travelled a certain amount, and on a visit to Antwerp in 1521 he met Dürer, who drew his portrait (Mus.

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


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