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Nuptiæ in Cana Galileæ (Marriage at Cana) 1617

Jacob Matham

* 1571 in Haarlem † 1631 in Haarlem

Engraving. Size of sheet: 30 x 40.5 cm.

After Taddeo Zuccaro (1529-1566). 

Literature:         New Hollstein, 35.II;

                          Hollstein, 51;

                          Bartsch, III.192.236. 

Provenance:  Unidentified collector's mark (not in Lugt). 

Very fine impression.

After his father’s death, Matham’s mother married famed Dutch artist, Hendrick Goltzius, who soon adopted Matham and began training him in his workshop. Matham’s first signed engraving was printed in 1589, but it is believed that he began working on Goltzius’ prints a year prior. He worked primarily for his stepfather until 1600, when Goltzius decided to focus entirely on painting. Matham then took over the workshop, engraving and publishing engravings by other artists.

Matham continued running the workshop after Goltzius’ death in 1617, training both his own sons as well as many other artists. He died in 1631, leaving his sons to continue the artistic family legacy.



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