1578 in art
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- March 8 - On the death of Elisabeth of Brandenburg-Küstrin, her husband, Margrave George Frederick I of Brandenburg-Ansbach-Kulmbach commissions a monument by Willem van Bloche.
- George Gower – Lady Philippa Coningsby
- Cornelis Ketel – Portraits
- March 17 – Francesco Albani, Italian painter (died 1660)
- August 10 – Matteo Rosselli, Italian painter of historical paintings in the late Florentine and early Baroque (died 1650)
- October 12 – Baldassare Aloisi, Italian portrait painter and engraver (died 1638)
- date unknown
- Jean-Baptiste Barbé, Flemish engraver (died 1649)
- Battistello Caracciolo, Italian painter (died 1635)
- Agostino Ciampelli, Italian fresco painter (died 1640)
- Adam Elsheimer, German "cabinet" painter (died 1610)
- Fede Galizia, Italian still life painter (died 1630)
- Ottavio Leoni, Italian painter and printmaker (died 1630)
- Francisco Lopez Caro, Spanish painter (died 1662)
- Bartolomeo Schedoni, Italian painter (died 1615)
- Jean Toutin, French enamel worker, one of the first artists to make enamel portrait miniatures (died 1644)
- Alessandro Turchi, Italian painter (died 1649)
- Hieronymus Francken II, Flemish painter (d. unknown)
- Francesco Stringa, Italian court painter for Duke Ranuccio I Farnese (died 1615)
- January 5 – Giulio Clovio, Croatian illustrator and miniaturist (born 1498)
- February 5 – Giovanni Battista Moroni, Italian Mannerist painter (born 1520/1524)
- March 17 - Cornelis Cort, Dutch engraver and draughtsman (born 1533)
- August 28 - Giovanni Battista Zelotti, Italian painter (born 1526)
- October 13 - Jean Bullant, French sculptor and architect (born 1515)
- Date unknown
- Pierre Lamo, Italian history painter
- Bernardino Lanini, Italian Renaissance painter active mainly in Milan (born 1511) (probable date)
- Benedetto Pagni, Italian painter
- Qian Gu, Chinese landscape painter during the Ming Dynasty (born c.1508) (approximate date)
- Raffaellino da Reggio, Italian Mannerist painter (born 1550)
- Puglisi, Catherine; Francesco Albani (1999). Francesco Albani. Yale University Press.
- "Rosselli, Matteo". artnet. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- Knight, Charles (1856). The English Cyclopædia: A New Dictionary of Universal Knowledge, Volume 3. Bradbury & Evans.
- "Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, called Battistello Caracciolo (Naples 1578-1635)". Galerie Canesso. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- "Agostino Ciampelli (Italian, 1578-1640)". artnet. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- Pioch, Nicolas (14 July 2002). "Elsheimer, Adam". WebMuseum. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- Hedges, Elaine; Ingrid Wendt (1980). In Her Own Image: Women Working in the Arts. Feminist Press. p. 54. ISBN 0-912670-62-2.
- "British Museum - Ottavio Leoni, Self-portrait, an engraving". Trustees of the British Museum. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
- "Bartolomeo Schedoni | artist | 1578 - 1615 | The National Gallery, London". The National Gallery. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
- Littleton; Marshall Cavendish Corporation (2005). Gods, Goddesses, and Mythology, Volume 1. Marshall Cavendish. p. 1078. ISBN 0-7614-7559-1.
- "Hieronymus Francken II (Flemish, 1578-1623)". The Walters Art Museum. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
- "British Museum - Iwasa Matabei, Monk Mongaku, from Heike Monogatari ('Tale of the Heike')". Trustees of the British Museum. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Francisco Lopez-Caro". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Giorgio Clovio". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Giovanni Battista Moroni". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.