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Christoffel van Sichem I
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A Dutch printmaker and publisher active in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, Christoffel van Sichem I was the first of a family of artists. Sichem made woodcuts, etchings and engravings, illustrated books and published prints by other artists. He is probably best known for his portraits, a view of Amsterdam, fantasy portraits after Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617) and Jacob Matham (1571-1631), and a Passion series after Goltzius. Born in Amsterdam, he was the pupil of Amsterdam artist Jan Ewountsz. (ca. 1511-1564) until that artist's death. Sichem may have worked in Antwerp, but was in Basel from around 1568 until 1597, where his sons Karel van Sichem (ca. 1575-after 1604) and Christoffel van Sichem II (ca. 1581-1658) were born; both went on to be artists as did his grandnson Christoffel van Sichem III (1618-1659). After returning to Amsterdam in 1598, he spent 1603 in Leiden and then returned to Amsterdam for the balance of his life. (TNB 10/2012)