Hans von Aachen, aka Johann von Aachen
(German, 1552 - 1615)
This person is associated with: Mannerism

German painter, born in Cologne (in spite of his name, which derives from his father's birthplace) and active in the Netherlands, Italy (1574-87), and most notably Prague, where he settled in 1596 as court painter to the emperor Rudolf II. On Rudolf's death (1612) he worked for the emperor Matthias.

His paintings, featuring elegant, elongated figures, are - like those of his colleague Bartholomaeus Spranger - leading examples of the sophisticated Mannerist art then in vogue at the courts of Northern Europe, and he was particularly good with playfully erotic nudes ("The Triumph of Truth", Alte Pinakothek, Munich, 1598). Engravings after his work gave his style wide influence and he ranks as one of the most important German artists of his time.


[1911] Rudolf Arthur Peltzer: Der Hofmaler Hans von Aachen, seine Schule und seine Zeit: Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der werdenden Barockmalerei, Munich 1911 (in German).

[1912] Rudolf Arthur Peltzer: "Der Hofmaler Hans von Aachen, seine Schule und seine Zeit", in: Jahrbuch der Kunsthistorischen Sammlungen des Allerhöchsten Kaiserhauses (JKSAK) vol. 30 (1911/12), pp. 59-182 (PDF / online) (in German).

[1959] Helena Kusakova: Prispevek k Poznani dila Jana von Aachen, Brno 1959 (Acta Musei Moraviae) (in Czech).

[1970] Rüdiger an der Heiden: "Die Porträtmalerei des Hans von Aachen", in: Jahrbuch der kunsthistorischen Sammlungen in Wien (JKSW) 66 (1970), pp. 135-226 (in German).

[1971] Rüdiger an der Heiden: Studien zu Hans von Aachen. Seine Porträts, PhD diss. Würzburg 1971 (in German).

[1978] Hans-Jochen Ludwig: Die Türkenkrieg-Skizzen des Hans von Aachen für Rudolf II, PhD diss. Frankfurt 1978 (in German).

[1988] Lubomir Konecny [Lubomír Konečný]: "Zeuxis in Prague: some Thoughts on Hans von Aachen", in: Prag um 1600, Beiträge zur Kunst und Kultur am Hofe Rudolfs II, Freren 1988, pp. 147-155.

[1996] Joachim W. Jacoby (ed.): The New Hollstein. German Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts, 1400-1700. Vol.I: Hans von Aachen, Stuttgart 1996.

[2000] Joachim W. Jacoby: Hans von Aachen, 1552-1615, Munich - Berlin 2000 (Monographien zur deutschen Barockmalerei) (in German).

[2010] Thomas Fusenig (ed.): Hans von Aachen (1552-1615). Hofkünstler in Europa, Munich - Berlin 2010 (in German).

[2012] Lubomír Konečný, Štěpán Vácha (eds.): Hans von Aachen in Context. Proceedings of the International Conference, Prague, 22-25 September 2010, Prague: Artefactum 2012. - See online: Contents (PDF).

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Contributors:   Willem Hemmen, kohn1fox, ajen, kkvk
Name:Hans von Aachen
Dates:1552 - 1615
Self Portraits
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Kunsthistorisches Museum(Austria - Vienna)13 artworks
Private collection4 artworks
Galleria Palatina - Palazzo Pitti(Italy - Florence)2 artworks
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud(Germany - Cologne)2 artworks
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Munich(Germany - Oberschleißheim)2 artworks
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum(Germany - Munich)2 artworks
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart(Germany - Stuttgart)1 artworks
Muzeul Naţional Brukenthal(Romania - Sibiu)1 artworks
Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery(Guernsey)1 artworks
Gartenpalais Liechtenstein in Vienna(Austria - Vienna)1 artworks
Detroit Institute of the Arts(United States - Detroit)1 artworks

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This person died over 70 years ago (in 1615).

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