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Gillis van Breen

A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut in black, ochre, and brown, on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut in black, ochre, and brown, on cream laid paper.




Hendrick Goltzius
Dutch, 1558-1617

About this artwork

Gillis van Breen (c. 1560-after 1602) seems to have been a member of Hendrik Goltzius’s workshop for at least the years 1588-92, when Goltzius made three portrait drawings of him. Van Breen is described in an inscription on an impression of this print at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, as Goltzius’s “art printer,” and some scholars speculate that he may have made this print himself after one of Goltzius’s drawings of him.


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Hendrick Goltzius


Gillis van Breen


Netherlands (Artist's nationality:)

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Chiaroscuro woodcut in black, ochre, and brown, on cream laid paper


Image: 20.8 × 14.4 cm (8 1/4 × 5 11/16 in.); Sheet, trimmed within platemark: 21.1 × 14.5 cm (8 5/16 × 5 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Alfred E. Hamill

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