Melchior Küsel I (1626-c.1683)
August 17 1626 - December 31 1683
BiographyMelchior Küsel I studied in Frankfurt with Matthäus Merian, whose daughter he married in 1649. One year later, after Merian's death, Melchior Küsel and his wife returned to Augsburg. He later worked in Vienna and Munich.
Melchior Küsel was a prolific engraver (Hollstein mentions 1634 engravings). He had his own publishing house in Augsburg. He became known through his Iconographia, published in 1670, which consists of 146 etchings after originals by Johann Wilhelm Baur, and combines illustrations of the Life of Christ with allegories, Italian landscapes and views of castles and harbours.
With his brother Matthäus Küsel, he published the memorial book Cenotaphium piis manibus Ferdinandi III in 1657, and in 1679 an illustrated Bible.
From his first marriage, Melchior Küsel l had a daughter, Johanna Sibylla Küsel, who also became an engraver. Two more daughters were born from a later marriage, Maria Philippina Küsel (b 1676), whose work includes engravings of goldsmithing, and Maria Magdalene Küsel (fl 1688-92), who was known for her flower engravings.