We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

Who Is Hans Von Aachen?

By Christina Edwards
Updated May 23, 2024
Our promise to you
PublicPeople is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At PublicPeople, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Hans von Aachen was a famous German painter who lived during the second half of the 16th century. Born in Germany, he studied painting in both Germany and Italy. Along with paintings depicting religious and historical scenes, he also painted portraits for many prominent families of the time. In fact, he became the official painter for the Holy Roman Emperor toward the end of the 16th century. Many of his paintings are now housed in museums and private collections around the world.

In 1552, Hans von Aachen was born in Cologne, Germany. He was named after Aachen, Germany, which was where his father was born. It was in Germany that von Aachen began to study painting.

Hans von Aachen's parents were rather well off, and they decided that their son should have an education. After he proved to be better at drawing than studying, they then decided to let him study painting. Around the age of 16, he began to study under a well-known Flemish artist, E. Jerrigh.

In 1574, Hans Von Aachen began to travel. He first went to Italy and stayed in Florence for a short time. Later, he traveled to Rome. It was in these cities that he studied the works of several other well-known artists.

Around 1587, Hans von Aachen traveled back to his home country. It was around this time that he began to paint portraits for prominent families. Among them were the Fugger family, who were successful bankers and investment capitalists.

Shortly after he returned to Germany, Hans Von Aachen married. Regina, his bride, was the daughter of the well known Franco-Flemish composer, Orlando de Jasso. The wedding took place in Munich.

Hans von Aachen later became a favorite of Rudolf II, the Holy Roman Emperor at the time. Von Aachen became his official painter around 1592, and he later moved to Prague. It is said that Rudolf II enjoyed the sensual, yet elegant, paintings that von Aachen painted for him.

In 1605, Hans von Aachen was knighted. He continued to paint for the new Holy Roman Emperor, Mathias I, after Rudolf II's death in 1612. He continued to paint until his death in 1615.

Hans von Aachen was considered one of the more famous German painters. He was a mannerist painter, and many of his paintings were inspired by artists like Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo. As of 2011, his paintings were stored in many museums around the world, including the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne and the Las Angeles Museum of Art.

PublicPeople is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
By SkyWhisperer — On Dec 15, 2011

@allenJo - You are correct. The article says that he was a mannerist painter, and this is probably what makes his portraits palatable to the religious tastes.

Mannerism, from what I remember, emphasized intellectual and religious themes. So while you saw nudes in his paintings they were placed in contexts that didn’t overtly stress the sensual nature; rather they focused on cultural or mythical contexts.

I believe that context is everything. If you saw a nude model nowadays it would evoke a different response than a picture of a naked aborigine if you know what I mean.

By allenJo — On Dec 14, 2011

Sensual is right. I’ve seen some of Hans van Aachen’s paintings and they are incredibly risqué, for the era in which he lived, especially since they evoked a style that was nearly photographic in its quality.

Why this style of painting created no outrage (I assume it didn’t) is beyond me. Perhaps the paintings were more or less sterilized by the fact that a lot of them dealt with religious themes, like Adam and Even being expelled from the garden.

Still, I think if I were living back in that age and were a religiously devout individual, I might blush at some of the paintings.

PublicPeople, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

PublicPeople, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.