Cornelis Drebbel was voted the greatest Alkmaar resident of all time in 2013. Why? During his lifetime (1572-1633) he was already world famous as an inventor. He worked for the King of England and the Emperor of the Habsburg Empire, among others.
Less well known is that Drebbel began his career as an engraver of prints. He was trained by Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617), at the time the most famous Dutch printmaker. Drebbel worked as an engraver for only a short time. His oeuvre is small, but certainly of high quality.
In Drebbel’s 450th anniversary year, Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar presents an overview of the printmaking qualities of this multitalent from Alkmaar.