Hans von Aachen (1552 - 1615)
Hans von Aachen (1552 - 1615) was a Mannerist painter born in Cologne, Germany, died in Prague. His name is derived from his father’s hometown, Aachen in Germany.
Showing great talent for drawing at a very young age, Hans von Aachen began painting in Germany. He first trained with a minor painter in his native Cologne before he moved to the Netherlands and Italy (1574-87) where he visited Rome and Florence, but eventually settled in Venice. In Venice Aachen was much impressed by the works of Tintoretto. He soon decided to develop his own mannerist technique, by studying Tintoretto and Michelangelo’s followers. Despite his interest for Tintoretto, von Aachen seemed to be during all of his life much influenced by Correggio, Spranger and Hendrick Goltzius who dominated the art scene in Germany at the time.