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Maarten van Heemskerck

28 September - 19 January 2024

Maarten van Heemskerck

Exhibition: 28 September - 19 January 2024

Teylers Museum, Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar and The Frans Hals Museum will organize the first major retrospective exhibition on Maarten van Heemskerck.

In the print room, Teylers Museum exhibits prints by Maarten van Heemskerck. He owed his success not only to his talent, but also to his entrepreneurial spirit. After his return from Italy, he followed the example of artists such as Raphael and drew his designs for prints on a large scale. However, he outsourced the time-consuming work of engraving, etching, printing and selling to professional engravers.

Philips Galle (1537-1612), after Maarten van Heemskerck (1498-1574), Colosseum in Rome, 1572
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The result is a large production and rapid fame, as almost all prints made from his designs bear his name. Biblical depictions, lessons for daily life, and world history: the goal of Van Heemskerck’s designs is to educate. His prints were a source of inspiration for many artists. Rembrandt, for example, copied parts for his own prints. The Teylers Museum has an important collection of sixteenth-century drawings and prints, including works by Van Heemskerck. A selection of his finest prints will be on display, supplemented by loans from the Noord-Hollands Archief and the Rijksmuseum.

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