Sunday, 30 October 2016

Antonie Wierix’s engraving, “The Flagellation of Christ” after Maarten de Vos


Antonie Wierix (II) (c.1562–1624)
“The Flagellation of Christ” (Matthew 27:26; Mark 15:15; John 19:1), c.1610, after Maarten de Vos (1532–1603)
Engraving on fine laid paper with watermark “Crowned Arms”, trimmed on, or within, the platemark
Size: (sheet) 26.5 x 18.6 cm
Lifetime impression of the only state
New Hollstein 323
Note: the Rijksmuseum holds a variation of Wierix’s flagellation of Christ after Maarten de Vos see: https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/nl/collectie/RP-P-1906-2090

Condition: strong lifetime impression, trimmed on, or within, the platemark. There is a small closed tear on the left edge otherwise in marvellous condition.

I am selling this rare, old master engraving for a total cost of AU$239 (currently US$181.51/EUR165.48/GBP148.85 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world. If you are interested in purchasing this superb, museum quality engraving please send me an email (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will email you a PayPal invoice.

This print has been sold


I discovered this superb engraving by chance last week while I was trying to locate a “missing” Wierix wood engraving that a client had expressed interest in seeing. When I found this comparative large print my jaw literally dropped, as it is so good and I had forgotten all about it!

Engravings like this are rare and even though the Wierix family are well-known for their finely crafted engravings, this one should be in a museum.

What makes it so marvellous can be seen by examining seemingly insignificant details like the treatment of the figures’ hair. For instance, note how the artist has captured the flow of the curls, the weight of the hair when it hangs and even that the three figures are blonde. 






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