Johann Hulsman

Johann Hulsman, or Hans Holsman (1610 – 1652), was a German Baroque painter active in Cologne.

Portrait of John Frederick, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg by Johann Hulsman


According to Houbraken he was a painter from Cologne who painted for royalty, and Houbraken did not know more about him or his date of birth/death.[1] Houbraken's source was Cornelis de Bie's work on painters called Het Gulden Cabinet.[2] Joachim Sandrart also mentioned him in his book of painters.[3]

According to the RKD he worked together with Johann Toussyn on a church altarpiece in Cologne.[4] He was influenced by Dirk and Frans Hals, and Jurgen Ovens.[4] He was the teacher of Johann Franz Ermels, and was active in Cologne during the years 1632-1646.[4]


  1. ^ (in Dutch) Johann Hulsman Biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Hans Holsman in Cornelis de Bie's 'Het Gulden Cabinet, 1662, courtesy of Google books
  3. ^ Johann Hulsman in the Teutsche Academie by Joachim Sandrart, 1680.
  4. ^ a b c Johann Hulsman in the RKD