Friday, November 21, 2014

Christoffel van Sichem II

Judith with the Head of Holofernes
13.5 x 10.4 cm
Baillieu Library Collection, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Christoffel van Sichem II (1581-1658) was a 17th-century Dutch woodcut artist. He was known primarily for his book illustrations, he also created prints in series. His best-known book is the Dutch language Biblia Sacra, published in Antwerp and and Amsterdam in 1657, sometimes known as the van Sichem Bible. He also made woodcuts after portraits by leading artists such as Abraham Bloemaert, Hendrick Goltzius and Maarten van Heemskerck, among others. He made these for various publications and then he bundled and published them himself.

He was the son of the Dutch artist Chirstoffel van Sichem I (1546-1624). He was born in Basel, he moved with his family to Amsterdam in 1598, where he worked for the rest of his life. He was the brother of Karel Sichem who published many of his prints. His father, Christoffel van Sichem I was the first of a family of artists.