Magdalena van de Passe

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Magdalena van de Passe
Simon van de Passe - portrait of Magdalena van de Passe.jpg
Portrait of Magdalena von de Passe by her brother Simon, 1630
Born 1600
Cologne, Germany
Died 1638
Nationality Dutch
Style Engraving
Spouse(s) Frederick van Bevervoorden

Magdalena van de Passe (1600–1638) was a Dutch engraver and important member of the Van de Passe family of artists from Cologne who were active in the Northern Netherlands. She specialized in landscapes until her marriage to the minor artist Frederick van Bevervoorden in 1634, after which she essentially stopped engraving, even though her husband died in 1636.[1]


Magdalena was born in Cologne, Germany. According to the RKD, she was the daughter of the engraver Crispijn van de Passe, and the sister of Simon, Crispijn II and Willem.[2] She signed her first works at the age of 14, two years younger than her brothers.[3] When she was 33 or 34, she married the artist Frederick van Bevervoordt, but he died two years later. She taught Anna Maria Schurman engraving.[2]

Like her siblings, she assisted her father with his engraving projects. She is known for landscapes and portraits, but also collaborated with her brother Willem on 65 engravings for Henry Holland's Heroologia Anglica[4], published in 1620. She helped her father with an illustration to Karel van Mander's translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses, but this major project was never completed.

She was friends with the painter Adriaen van de Venne, who wrote a poem dedicated to her, as did the family friend Arnold Buchelius.[3] She was granted a patent from the States General for the manufacture of sleeping caps printed with engravings of popular figures. Though these seem to have been quite popular, none survive today.[3] She died in Utrecht.


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