Dirk Jansz van Santen

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A renowned print illuminator known as the "master colourist". His clients were the foremost collectors of his age. van Santen's work greatly increased the value of the prints he illuminated, since they used rich pigments and gold, such as the Blaeu 'Atlas Maior' decorated by him. However, he was unlikely to have been paid much more than a normal craftsman.

Excerpt from Atlas with illustrations by Master Colourist, Dirk Jansz van Santen, from the Dutch Golden Age