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Carel Collaert
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A member of the third generation of a family of reproductive engravers and print publishers working in Antwerp during the 16th and 17th centuries, Carel Collaert was both a print publisher and an engraver. Born in Antwerp in 1598, he was the grandson of Hans Collaert I (ca. 1525-1580), was a draftsman and engraver known as well for designing tapestries, stained glass, embroidery, jewels and ornaments. His father was the draftsman, engraver and publisher Adrian Collaert (ca. 1560-1618) and his mother Jozijne Galle was the daughter of the print publisher and Philips Galle (1537-1612). His uncle Jan Collaert II (ca. 1561-ca. 1620) was a reproductive engraver and print publisher. At the age of about twenty he joined a “fraternity” called “De Olijftak,” described as a “chamber of rhetoric.” He married Maria Marcquis when he was about twenty-one; they apparently had three daughters and two sons. Given this heritage, it is not surprising that Carel Collaert had a career in print publishing, often reissuing series of prints with reworked plates that had previously been published by his father Adriaen or others. He also published new works, including a few he engraved and other works engraved by his brother Jan Collaert III (1591-1628). In a 1632 document Collaert is described as an engraver and art dealer. Late in his life he was described as an engraver in the records of the artists’ Guild of St. Luke. He died in 1654. (TNB 12/2012) Selected bibliography: Diels, Ann. “Introduction” to “The Collaert Dynasty,” in The New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts 1450-1700. Compiled by Ann Diels and Marjolein Leesberg. 8 vols. Oudeerkerk aan den Ijssel: Sound & Vision Publishers, 2005.