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Ludolph Büsinck

ca. 1599–1669, Münden

Ludolph Büsinck, a painter, draughtsman and wood engraver, was born between 1599 and 1602 in Münden, where he worked for most of his life. In 1623 he was in Paris, where he produced chiaroscuro woodcuts after designs by George Lallemand for Melchior Tavernier, a publisher of prints. One of the first to introduce coloured chiaroscuro woodcuts in Paris, Büsinck returned to Münden in 1630. His corpus of some three dozen prints shows him to be a past master of coloured woodcuts and betrays the influence of Caravaggio and Bartolomeo Coriolano combined with elements of the Dutch style. Around 1620 Büsinck journeyed through the Netherlands, where he undoubtedly came across the chiaroscuro woodcuts of Hendrick Goltzius.