Franz Wulfhagen

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Painting of a Beached whale in Bremen town hall, 1669.

Franz Wulfhagen (ca.1624–1670) was a German Baroque painter and engraver.


According to Houbraken, he was born in Bremen, but he moved to Amsterdam where he became a pupil of Rembrandt. He learned to copy his style well, and thus was able to make a living from painting the rest of his life.[1] There are no paintings by him listed in the RKD, but he is noted there as an engraver and painter of religious works.[2] He painted many mayors of Bremen, and these paintings hang in the town hall there.[3]


  1. ^ (Dutch) Franz Wulfhagen biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  2. ^ Franz Wulfhagen in the RKD
  3. ^ The German Wikipedia article lists more references and works by this artist.