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Israhal van Mechenm & Early German Engraving

Israhel van Meckenem (c. 1445–1503) was a German copperplate printmaker active in the lower reaches of the Rhine River from the latter half of the 15th century through the beginning of the 16th century. While he produced numerous copies of the works of such popular artists of the day as Martin Shongauer and Albrecht Dürer, he also began to experiment with new techniques earlier than others in the field. He used various strategies to market his works, and even today more than 500 to 600 works are known from what must have been a massive lifetime oeuvre. Read more.

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