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Adam Elsheimer [Circle of]

1578 - 1610

Place Born

Frankfurt am Main

Place Died

Rome

Bio

In 1598 the twenty-year old Adam Elsheimer left his native Frankfurt and travelled to Venice, where he worked for two years. It was there, under the watchful eye of his fellow countryman Johann Rottenhammer, that he must have perfected his prodigious skill for rendering the minutest of details on small copper plates. His works from this period, such as The Baptism of Christ (London, The National Gallery), also reveal the influence of the great Venetian masters. By April of 1600 Elsheimer is documented in Rome, where he was to remain until his death in 1610. His circle of friends included the Flemish landscape painter, Paul Bril, and Peter Paul Rubens, who eventually was to own four of his paintings. Elsheimer almost exclusively worked on copper, producing works of great refinement and exquisite beauty. He was especially noted for his ability to capture the natural effects of moonlight, fire or candlelight. One of his most haunting works of this type is the serene Flight into Egypt (Munich, Alte Pinakothek) of 1608. In works such as Apollo and Coronis (Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery), he achieved an almost poetic fusion between the panoramic landscape and the figures. His novel landscapes had a profound influence on other painters such as Jan Pynas, Agostino Tassi, Carlo Saraceni and Claude Lorrain. Despite his small output his work was widely circulated through prints and subsequently often copied or imitated.

Available Art Works

The realm of Diana

Work Available
Historical Period: 1600-1720 Baroque
The realm of Diana
The realm of Venus

Work Available
Historical Period: 1600-1720 Baroque
The realm of Venus