Noli me Tangere

I ran into a drawing by Giovanni Pietro Ligari (1686-1748) at the Casa Ligari museum in Sondrio (Palazzo Sassi de Lavizzari).


It looked too Flemish to me. In fact it is a copy after a beautiful engraving by AEgidius Sadeler (1570-1629) after a desing by Bartholomeus Spranger (1546-1611) [Rijksmuseum RP-P-OB-5110].



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hypnotic lines.

For more on drawings imitating prints see the very recent article by Simon Turner: “Drawings Imitating Prints: Pierre van Schuppen”, in Print Quarterly, XXXV, Sept. 2018, 3, pp. 259-269.

Fig. 174 is van Schuppe’s pen and ink copy after the same print by Sadeler (Vienna, Albertina).