Hans von Aachen


German mannerist painter Hans von Aachen was born in Cologne and took his name from his father’s birthplace. He first trained with a minor painter in his native Cologne, and he took his name from his father’s hometown. He probably joined the Cologne painters’ guild before leaving for Italy around 1574. After a stay in Venice, von Aachen was soon in Rome, learning from a circle of Northern European artists. He also painted portraits in Florence.