BEHAM, Barthel
(b. 1502, Nürnberg, d. 1540, Italy)


German engraver and painter. Together with his brother, Hans Sebald (1500-50), they were expelled from their native city of Nuremberg in 1525 for their extreme Protestant views. Hans settled in Frankfurt and Barthel worked for Duke William IV of Bavaria. Both brothers produced a great number of illustrations to the Bible, mythology, and history, strongly influenced by Dürer. Barthel was also a painter, primarily portraits.