Karel van Mallery

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Karel van Mallery, by Anthony van Dyck

Karel van Mallery[1] (1571–1635?) was a Flemish engraver who mainly worked on religious subjects and portraits and was also a reproductive engraver. He worked in Antwerp and Paris.[2]


Karel van Mallery was born in Antwerp. He was a pupil of Philips Galle.[3] He was registered as a pupil in the Antwerp Guild of Saint Luke in 1585.[2]

Angel with Cross and Wash Basin

He travelled to Rome in the years 1595-1597 and when he returned to Antwerp he became a master in the Guild in 1597. He married Catharina Galle, the daughter of his teacher on 10 January 1598. They named their son Philips.[2]

From 1601 he worked in Antwerp and in Paris for a period of about five years.[2] In 1620-1621 he became deacon of the Antwerp Guild and in 1626 he lived in the Keyserstraet.[2] He was the teacher of his son Philips van Mallery and the engraver Michel Natalis.[2]

The date and place of his death are not certain.

Anthony van Dyck painted his portrait, which was engraved by Lucas Vorsterman the Elder for inclusion in the Iconography of van Dyck.[4]


His work consists of Christian religious representations, portraits and reproductions of works of other artists.[2]

He worked on various publishing projects for the Antwerp publishers such as the Plantin Press and on religious commissions often in collaboration with other Antwerp engravers such as Philip Galle and the Wierix brothers.[5]


  1. ^ Name variations: Karel van Mailleri, Karel van Malery, Carel de Mallery, Charles van Maillery, Charles de Mallery
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Karel van Mallery at the Netherlands Institute for Art History (in Dutch)
  3. ^ Christine van Mulders. "Galle." Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 8 August 2016
  4. ^ Hella Robels. "Vorsterman." Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 8 August 2016
  5. ^ Jeffrey Chipps Smith, Sensuous Worship: Jesuits and the Art of the Early Catholic Reformation in Germany, Princeton University Press, 2002, p. 42

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