Exercise: Prints for Sale

This catalogue lists a number of works that I feel will be of great interest to my regular clients.

I start with two prints from

Lucas van Leyden (b Leiden. 1494; d Leiden, 1533).

His engravings are influenced by the master, Albrecht Durer Durer; they show a great inventiveness in what they portray, for example this portrait of A Young Man Holding a Skull, dating from around 1519. The subject is unknown but I find this an intriguing engraving who is the youth, who is he gesturing to? The facial expression is beguiling.



Next is a religious engraving portraying St Jerome dating from 1513.

This portrays the Saint at prayer in the wilderness, accompanied by his faithful companion the lion. Lucas has given a sense of holiness to his subject and powerfully conveys the sense of the Saint’s devotion.



Next I present three prints by

Cornelis Visscher (b Haarlem 1628)

The first is aLandscape (after Nicolaes Berchem b Haarlem 1620) showing a herdsman and female companion riding on a donkey with the lkandscape stretching beyond them. The sense of perspective is good in this engraving and the addition of the human interest in the foreground adds to the sense of scale of the landscape


Recently completed in 1650 is this etching of Pope Alexander VII. This will appeal to those clients wishing to purchase a portrait with a religious theme. The portrait is rendered in a suitably holy style and with a grand setting. The skill in rendering the detail of the background has to be admired.



Finally from 1649-1650 is this engraving from two plates. After the painting by Rubens it shows The Coronation of the Virgin or Virgin and Child surrounded by angels. This is a wonderful opportunity to obtain a fine religious print copy of a masterpiece by Rubens



Next is an etching with drypoint and engraving from an undoubted master

Rembrandtvan Rijn(b. Leiden 1606)

With the title The Three Trees and dating from 1643 this is a superb print. The sky is expressive, perspective beautifully rendered and with great expression to the three trees of the title.



For those interested in prints with a narrative theme I am proud to present an etching by

Hieronymus Cock (b Antwerp, c. 1510; d Antwerp, 1570).

Produced in 1558 this tells the story from classical mythology of Mercury Lulling Argus to Sleep. Besides depicting Mercury and Argos from the story it is also set in a fine landscape that would appeal to many.


For a landscape with a difference (a seascape) I am pleased to present

Reynier Nooms Zeeman (b Amsterdam 1623)

Entitled Four Sailing Vessels near a Breakwater this etching is a highly accurate and detailed portrayal of the scene. The low horizon allows the reproduction of the ship’s rigging in the finest detail.



For a different kind of portrait I am sure many would be interested in the following engraving by

Crispijn de Passe (b1564, Arnemuiden,  d  1637,Utrecht)


This depicts Euterpe, one of  The Muses. She is known as the muse of lyric poetry and is usually (as here) depicted holding a flute. She is shown here in contemporary dress which is beautifully produced and with a serene look on her face.




For those seeking a classic rendition of a religious theme then I would suggest

Pieter Soutman (b Haarlem c 1600)

Soutman’s depiction here of The Last Supper is relies heavily on the work of Peter Paul Rubens and of Leonardo da Vinci. This large etching is formed of two sheets. It offers an affordable way to obtain a print of the classic scene produced in fine detail and after the style of great masters.



Another etching with a narrative theme follows.

Dirk Volckertsz Coornhert (b Amsterdam c1520, d Gouda 1590)

This etching is titled Apollo and the Muses it is after Maarten van Heemskerck  (1498–1574).

Apollo was the teacher of the Muses and is depicted here playing his lyre surrounded by the muses. The bodies are beautifully proportioned and the composition of the scene is exquisite.




Finally I am proud to present a stunning landscape by

Pieter Bruegel the Elder  (bBreda c 1525, d Brussels 1569)

Called The Rabbit Hunt this etching dates from 1560. The hunters are shown in the foreground, but it is the majestic scale of the landscape beyond that will appeal in this print. From the castle on the hilltop to the furthest church on the horizon the perspective and scale is superb.






Chilvers, I. (2009) Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists, 4th Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Murray, P. and Murray, L. (1997) Dictionary of Art and Artists, 7th Edition. London: Penguin


Website Bibliography

The British Museum, London http://www.britishmuseum.org/

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York http://www.metmuseum.org/

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston http://www.mfa.org/


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