Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Richard Collin’s engraving after Sandrart of the satyr, Marsyas


Richard Collin (aka Richardus Colins; Richard Collirus) (1627–97 [after]) after the design by Jacob von Sandrart (1630–1708)

“Marsiyas” [Marsyas], 1679, from Joachim von Sandrart’s (1606–88) “L'Academia Todesca della Architectura, Scultura & Pittura: Oder Teutsche Academie der Edlen Bau-Bild- und Mahlerey-Künste” (better known by the shorter title: “Teutsche Academie”) (1675). This impression is from the 1683 edition,  “Academia nobilissimae artis pictoriae Nürnberg” [Christian Sigismund Froberger].

Engraving on laid paper
Size: (sheet) 37.5 x 23.5 cm; (plate) 34.5 x 21.7 cm
Inscribed: (upper left) “MARSIYAS”; (lower left) ”I. De Sandrart”; (upper right) “b” / “*” [three-line asterisk]; (lower right) “R. Collin Calcogr. Reg. sculps. Bruxellae”.
The table notation “b” signifies that this impression is from the 1683 edition

The British Museum offers the following information about Sandrart’s “Teutsche Academie”:
“A series of engravings, etchings, and woodcuts, illustrating Joachim von Sandrart's publication on the history of art, mostly after designs by the author, featuring architecture, sculpture, and paintings, executed by Jacob von Sandrart, Karl Gustav Amling, Richard Collin, Georg Christoph Eimmart the Younger, Johann Franck(h), Bartholomeus II Kilian, Philipp Kilian (a portrait of Joachim von Sandrart, follwing title-page), Melchior Küsel, Johann Jacob von Sandrart, Johann Jacob Thourneysen, Johann Georg Waldreich, Georg Andreas Wolfgang and some anonymous plates, with German letterpress text, in a blind-stamped pigskin binding with clasps, printed by Johann-Philipp Miltenberger, published in Nuremberg by Jacob von Sandrart and in Frankfurt am Main by Matthäus Merian. 1675”

Condition: crisp and delicate impression with small margins in excellent condition for its age (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, foxing or stains).

I am selling this engraving of the highest order of skill and in superb condition from the 17th century for a total cost of AU$159 (currently US$118.89/EUR106.70/GBP90.55 at the time of posting this print) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in purchasing this superb engraving of the mythological figure, the satyr Marsyas who was flayed as an unfortunate outcome to a completion that he had with Apollo, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.


Although the original 1675 publication of Joachim von Sandrart’s “Teutsche Academie” included an engraving of the “Statue of Marsyas” from the Giustiniani collection, the image was revised in 1679 with a fresh plate. This impression is from the 1679 recut plate engraved by Richard Collin and based on a drawing (now in Dresden’s Mazzetti di Pietralata) by Jacob von Sandrart.

From what I am able to determine, there were two editions of this print. The first is “Sculpturae veteris admiranda Nürnberg” [Froberger] 1680. This edition is identified by the plate letter “m” printed by letterpress at the top right. The second edition featuring this impression is identified by the plate letter “b” at the top right and is “Academia nobilissimae artis pictoriae Nürnberg” [Christian Sigismund Froberger] 1683.

Online copies of all the editions are available at Sandrart.net, but the following link will take you to the specific page in the 1683 edition featuring this print: http://la.sandrart.net/text/347





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