Recently we sold a print rarely seen in collections, the “Christ and his disciples on the way to Emmaus”, engraved by Domenico Vito, monaco Vallombrosano (fl. 1574-1578). This composition is a mirrored smaller copy from another engraving made by Philips … Continue reading A recently sold print.
During my last trip to Italy I visited local collections – namely in Venice the Gallerie dell’Accademia and the Palazzo Cini Galleria, in Vicenza the Gallerie … Continue reading (pieces of) Italian Music Iconography on show…
In 1594 Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617) engraved a set of large plates with the Stories of the Virgin, also called “The Masterpiece”. The plates, 6 in total, are really big and in each of them the engraver explicitly imitates the graphic language … Continue reading Goltzius’ Self-portrait
It takes very little time to fall in love with Berlin. Although my visit was very short (one and a half day) I managed to walk around the city a bit and behold its charm. I lodged in Kreuzberg, the … Continue reading Quick jump to Berlin
Oh yes, former Haarlem major and book publisher Jan van Suren (1517-1591), masterfully engraved in a very intense portrait by Hendrick Glotzius (1558-1617), a few years later appeared in a collection of Saints designed by Crispijn de Passe I (1564-1637), … Continue reading And the printer became Judas
Countless are the ways music and visual arts meet. Here is the short account of what was recently discovered behind a painting on copper.* This tale begins at the beginning of last summer, in June, on my trip back from … Continue reading The plate and the painter: on a little discovery in late 2017
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]. 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). Continue reading Noli me Tangere
Antonio Caranzano (active 1577 – 1618) [Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, WA1863.4008] GRANDEZZA MAHUMETANA / IGNORANTIA MAHUMETANA , when images are worth a thousand words Continue reading The Double