Maarten van Heemskerck ( 1498 - 1574)
Painter and print designer; worked in Haarlem and Italy. Born in Heemskerck; son of a farmer. Trained in Haarlem under Jan van Scorel; in Italy 1532-6/7; later career in Haarlem, where one of the richest citizens. Prolific designer of compositions for prints, almost all made by others. Artists who engraved after his designs include Dirk Coornhert (c.1547-59), Philips Galle (from 1559), Cornelis Bos, Theodoor de Bry
Dirk Volkertsz Coornhert (1522 - 1590)
Engraver, poet and freethinker. Born in Amsterdam; began printmaking in Haarlem in 1547 and collaborated with Heemskerk until 1559. In 1560s became town clerk, but fled to Cologne in 1568. Remained in exile in Germany until 1576 when he returned to Haarlem, bringing with him Goltzius as a pupil. Died at Gouda.