Adam Elsheimer

German (1578 - 1610)
Adam Elsheimer The Stoning of Saint Stephen About 1603 - 1604


Born 1578
Died 1610
Nationality German

Elsheimer specialised in detailed brilliantly coloured paintings on copper. He combined figures and landscape vistas with precision and delicacy paying particular attention to the effects of light. His work was greatly admired and profoundly influenced many artists in Rome, especially those from Northern Europe, including Rubens and Claude. Elsheimer was born and trained as a painter in Frankfurt. He travelled to Venice and stayed there for two years before moving permanently to Rome. Tintoretto's paintings in Venice exerted a lasting influence on his own short career. Knowledge of his compositions spread through the circulation of prints made from them.

Glossary terms

  • Term used to denote painters from the Renaissance until 1800, or their works.