Engraver, draughtsman and publisher, Johannes Wierix was born in 1549 in Antwerp. It is believed that, as part of his early training in 1563 and 1565, he made copies of engravings after Dürer and other artists.
Wierix’s dated prints were published as early as 1568 and by the following year he was employed by Christoph Plantin. During this time, he was living in the Lombaardevest, amongst many other booksellers and engravers. Wierix worked for “Officina Plantiniana”, Plantin’s publishing house and Plantin paid his drinking debts. From the late 1570s, Wierix’s name appears regularly in Plantin’s accounts and letters.