FIT67020 Self Portrait of the Painter with the Colosseum in the Background, 1553 (oil on canvas) by Heemskerck, Maerten van (1498-1574); 42.2×54.2 cm; Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, UK; Dutch, out of copyright

Maerten van Heemskerck was born #onthisday in history 1st June 1498 A.D. and died in October 1574 A.D. he was a Dutch portraiture, while he spent most of his career in Haarlem.

He was also a pupil of Jan Van Scorel and had adopted his teacher’s Italian influenced style of art.

While he spent the years between 1532-6 A.D. in Italy, he produced many different types of engravings, especially in the works of “Wonders of the World”.