Mulhouse 1656 - Zerbst 1696
Born into a family of painters from Mulhouse in Alsace, Andreas Bodan trained with his brother Hans-Conrad, and later with Hans Rudolf Werenfels in Basel. Among his first significant commissions was an Allegory of Justice for the Hôtel de Ville in Mulhouse, painted in 1676 and incorporating the artist’s self-portrait. Bodan travelled to Italy, where he spent time in Rome, Naples and Sicily, and also visited Malta. He was later appointed court painter to the Duke of Saxony, Hans Ludwig von Anhalt, in Zerbst, where he died in 1696 at the age of just forty.