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Willem Isaacsz. van Swanenburg
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A member of a family of artists in 17th-century Leiden, Willem Issacsz. van Swanenburg was a reproductive engraver. His father Isaac Claesz. van Swanenburg was a painter and designer of prints, stained glass windows and other objects. Willem was born on January 29, 1580. Isaac trained Willem and his two brothers Jacob (1571-1638) and Claes (1572-1652) as painters, but Willem learned engraving as well. He may have been a pupil of Jacques de Gheyn II (1565-1629) or Jan Saenredam (1565-1607). One of his most notable prints, a depiction of the sailing car of the Statholder, Prince Maurits of Nassau, Prince of Orange (1567-1625), is after de Gheyn (Holl. 27). Others of his prints are after Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Abraham Bloemaert (1655-1651), Paulus Moreelse (15751-1638) and Saenredam. Swanenburg’s subject matter ranged from Biblical scenes to genre scenes and portraits. His works include illustrations for several books. He died at the young age of 32 on May 31, 1612. (TNB 3/2013) Selected bibliography: Thieme, Ulrich and Felix Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der Bidenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, vol. XXXII, p. 339. Leipzig: E. A. Seeman, 1938.