Ludolph Büsinck

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Aeneas saving Anchises from the Burning of Troy, chiaroscuro wood engraving after Georges Lallemand.
St Matthew, chiaroscuro wood engraving after Georges Lallemand

Ludolph Büsinck (c.1600–1669)[1] was a German painter and wood-engraver, born at Hann. Münden in the 1590s. He was working in Paris between 1623 and 1630, where he produced a series of chiaoscuro woodcuts, the first to be made in France [2] His name is sometimes spelled "Buesinck".


Büsinck was born at Hann. Münden in central Germany between 1599 and 1602, a son of Johann Büsinck and his wife, Kunigunde Voss.[3] He married Katharina Ludwig, with whom, according to baptismal records, he had six children.[3] He may have trained as an artist in the Netherlands.[4]

Between 1623 and 1630 he is known to have been in Paris, where he made a number of dated chiaroscuro prints, some of which were published by Melchior Tavernier.[4] They are boldly cut works in the tradition of the Dutch printmaker Hendrick Goltzius.[5] He was the first artist to make chiaroscuro woodcuts in France, and most his works in this technique were based on drawings by the painter Georges Lallemand,[6] although one, probably his first, is after a painting by Abraham Bloemaert.[5] He is not known to have made any woodcuts after 1630.[4]

He returned to Hann. Münden, where he became a member of the merchants' guild (Kaufmannsgilde) in 1639. He is known to have been active as a painter in the 1630s, his works including an altarpiece for the high altar of the church of St John in Göttingen.[4] In 1647 he is recorded as acting as a customs official.[4]

He died at Münden on 15 January 1669.[4]


His prints include religious subjects, and images of cavaliers, peasants, musicians and beggars.[2][4]


  1. ^ Stechow, Wolfgang, "Catalogue of the Woodcuts by Ludolph Buesinck", Print Collectors Quarterly, October 1939, Vol. 26, No. 3, p. 349
  2. ^ a b Bryan, 1886–9
  3. ^ a b Gealt, Adelheid M., Beyond Black & White: Chiaroscuro Prints from Indiana Collections, Indiana University Art Museum, 1989
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Wegner, Wolfgang (1957). "Büsinck, Ludolph". Neue Deutsche Biographie. 3. p. 4. 
  5. ^ a b Washton, Rose-Carol; Ward, John L. "The Seventeenth Century: Tradition and Experiment". Yale Art Gallery Bulletin. 27/28: 19–23. JSTOR 40514059. 
  6. ^ "St. Matthias, 1623–30". Cleveland Museum of Art. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 


  • Hollstein, F. W. H., Dutch And Flemish Etchings, Engravings And Woodcuts c. 1450–1700, Amsterdam, 1949
  • Strauss, Walter L., Chiaroscuro: The Clair-Obscur Woodcuts By The German And Netherlandish Masters Of The XVI And XVII Centuries, London, Thames & Hudson, 1973
  • Roethlisberger, Marcel G., Abraham Bloemaert and His Sons: Paintings And Prints, 2 vols., Ghent, 1993
  • Stechow, Wolfgang, Ludolph Buesinck The Print Collector’s Quarterly 1938 Dec Vol. 25, No. 4, p. 393
  • Stechow, Wolfgang, Catalogue of the Woodcuts by Ludolph Buesinck The Print Collector’s Quarterly 1939 Oct Vol. 26, No. 3, p. 349

External links[edit]

  • A catalogue of more than 35 prints by Büsinck with reference numbers, many with images.


This article incorporates text from the article "BUSINCK, Ludwig" in Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers by Michael Bryan, edited by Robert Edmund Graves and Sir Walter Armstrong, an 1886–1889 publication now in the public domain.