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Conrad Martin Metz

1749 Bonn – 1827 Rome

Conrad Martin Metz initially underwent training as a painter in his native city of Bonn but, being colour-blind, he turned his attention after a while to drawing and engraving. He consequently moved to London, where he was introduced to the art of printmaking by no less than Francesco Bartolozzi. Metz remained in the city for twenty years, earning him­self a reputation as an accomplished reproductive engraver. From 1801 the artist lived and worked in Rome, where he successfully continued his activities as a printmaker. Metz’ extensive printed oeuvre consists almost entirely of reproductive engravings based on works by Italian Renaissance masters.