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Custos, Dominicus

1560, Antwerp — 1612, Augsburg

Artist and engraver. Founder of the Engraver Dynasty in Augsburg. Son of the artist and engraver Pieter Balten (aka Pieter Custodis). Around 1579, he moved to Augsburg (Germany). He was in the service of Emperor Rudolf II in Prague. He released several albums of en- graved portraits of rulers, statesmen, nobles, celebrities: «Fuggerorum et Fuggerarum Imagine» (1593), «Tirolensium principum comitum» (1599), «Atrium heroicum» (1602–1604) and others. In Augsburg, he married a widow of jeweler Bartholomew Kilian, the father of future engravers Wolfgang and Lucas Kilian, whom Dominique taught the art of engraving. He founded the engraving workshop, where Kilian brothers worked, and later the sons of the engraver — Raphael, David and Jacob — worked.

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