Hemskerk, Or Heemskerk Martin van, a Dutch painter, born at the village of Heemskerk in 1498, died in Haarlem, Oct. 1, 1574. He was the son of a mason named Van Veen, who placed him under the instructions of a painter at Haarlem, but afterward employed him in his own trade. Martin ran away, found a teacher in Jan Lucas, a painter of Delft, and then entered the studio of J. Schorel, who had recently returned from Rome. At this time Hemskerk painted his "Saint Luke painting the Virgin and the Child Jesus," which he presented to the painters' society of Haarlem. He afterward spent three years in Italy. When in 1573 Haarlem was surrendered to the Spaniards, Hemskerk's house was destroyed, and his best works were ruined; consequently his paintings are rare, but there are many engravings of them by himself and others. At his death he left a sum of money to his parish, to furnish a marriage portion for a certain number of young girls each year, on condition of their dancing over his grave on their wedding day.