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Bolswert, Schelte Adamsz à

1586, Bolswert — 1659, Antwerp

One of the most famous engravers of the Flemish school from the studio of Rubens, the younger brother of the engraver Boetius à Bolswert.

He was born in the town of Bolswert in Friesland (a province in the north of the Netherlands). In 1611, he lived in Amsterdam, and in 1617, he moved to Southern Netherlands. He created engravings reproducing the works of Flemish painters of the XVII century such as Rubens, Jordaens, Bloemaert, Van Dyke, and others. He worked in the technique of chisel engraving on copper. Significant fame came to him for engraving biblical compositions and landscape paintings by Rubens. His engravings were considered a model of technical excellence and were highly appreciated by collectors of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

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