Hans Collaert I was the first of a family of engravers in Antwerp during the 16th and 17th centuries. His father was a designer and painter of cartoons for tapestries, and Collaet was probably apprenticed to his father. After a career as a draftsman producing designs for glassmakers, tapestry makers and embroiderers in Brussels, he was called to Antwerp to provide designs for tapestry weavers there, and moved sometime before 1563. He also provided desiigns for jewelry. His first dated print was published by Hieronymous Cock (1518-1570) in 1555. Collaert engraved plates to the designs by other for several print publishers in Antwerp during the 1570s. Collaert and his wife Anna van der Heyden had four children, two of who went on to be engravers: Adriaen (ca. 1560-1618) and Jan II (ca. 1561-1620), and two of Collaert's grandsons also became engravers. He died ini Antwerp in 1580. (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.