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Joseph Heintz the Elder

1564-1609 Switzerland/Mannerism


Brief Biography-Joseph Heintz, the Elder, was born in Basel in 1565, the son of an architect. Hans Boch tutored him in Basel, and Johann von Aachen was his mentor in Rome while he studied the Italian Masters. In Prague in 1590, the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II appointed him a Court Painter. The monarch sent him to Rome in 1593 to procure art pieces, where he remained for several years. On his return to Prague, he worked principally as an architect between there and Augsburg. His paintings ranged from mythological to religious subjects, including portraiture.


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The Rape
of Proserpina

The Rape of Proserpina


Reclining Woman

Diana and

Diana and Actaeon

Adonis Parting
from Venus

Adonis Parting from Venus


Archduchess Constance of Austria

The Fall of

The Fall of Phaethon