DOUVERMAN, Hendrick
(b. ca. 1490, d. ca. 1543, Kalkar)

Biography

Hendrick Douverman (also Heinrich Douwermann) was a Netherlandish wood-carver belonging to a circle of sculptors that included Hendrick Douverman, Heinrich van Holt, and Arnt van Tricht. This circle was active in the first half of the sixteenth century in Kalkar, a town in the Lower Rhine region of Germany near the Dutch border (near Kleve). His masterpiece, the Seven Sorrows Altarpiece in the church in Kalkar was executed in 1518-22. Although he worked with tough, unyielding oak, he achieved spacial effects that really can only be created in limewood and other softer kinds of works.