VISSCHER, Cornelis
(b. ca. 1629, Haarlem, d. 1658, Amsterdam)

Lieven Coppenol

Engraving, 260 x 222 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Lieven Willemsz van Coppenol (c. 1599-1671) was a well-known calligrapher. His family originates from the Spanish Netherlands from where his grandparents fled and settled in Haarlem about 1579. Van Coppenol appears to have taken part in the development of calligraphy at every level, from schoolboy competitions to publishing, teaching, corresponding with peers, and finally striving, obsessively, to be recognized as the greatest calligrapher. He was far from achieving that distinction, although he had considerable skill.

Van Coppenol commissioned portrait prints from Rembrandt also in 1658. Apparently Rembrandt's prints never pleased the patron nor was the engraving by Visscher accepted.