Vorsternmans, Lucas, the Elder

Vorsternmans, Lucas, The Elder an eminent Flemish engraver, was born at Antwerp about 1580. He first studied painting in the school of Ruben but afterwards devoted himself entirely to engraving, He made a specialty of engraving plates after Rubens, under the immediate advice of that master, besides the works of other masters. His plates are executed entirely with the graver, and express with great fidelity the life and spirit of the original painting. He visited England in the reign of Charles I, where he resided from 1623 to 1631, and was employed by the king and the earl of Arundel. The time of His death is not known. A few of his subjects are subjoined: The Fall of the Evil Angels: —Lot and his Daughters Leaving Sodom: —Job Tempted by his Wife and Tormented by Daemons: Susnum and the Elders: —The Nativity: The Adoration of the Ma1ngi (regarded as one of the finest productions of the art): —The Return from Egypt, and several others, all after Rubeis: — The Holy Family, after Raphael: — The Entombing of Christ, after the same: — Christ Praying in the Garden, after Caracci: Christ Bound to the

Pillar, after G. Seghers, and various others. See Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, s.v.

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