CORIOLANO, Cristoforo
(b. 1540, Nürnberg, d. ca. 1600, Venezia)

Biography

German engraver. He moved to Italy and changed his name from Lederer for that of Coriolano. In the Life of Marcantonio Raimondi, the biographer Vasari stated that Maestro Cristofano, after achieving some success in Venice, engraved on wood the portraits of the painters, sculptors, and architects, after Vasari's designs, for his Lives of the Painters, first published in 1568. Others consider them to be the work of Christopher Krieger. He also engraved the greater part of the figures in the Ornithology of Ulisse Aldrovandi.

He died in Venice in c. 1600. His sons Giovanni Battista Coriolano and Bartolommeo Coriolano became eminent engravers in the Baroque period.