Thursday 22 November 2018
Cornelis Schut's etching, “Pyramus and Thisbe”, 1618–55
Cornelis Schut (I) (1597–1655)
“Pyramus and Thisbe”, 1618–1655, published by Cornelis Schut with privilege (provider unknown).
Etching on fine laid paper trimmed with narrow margins around the platemark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 18.5 x 23.9 cm; (plate) 18 x 23.3 cm; (image borderline) 17.1 x 23.1 cm
Inscribed on plate below the image borderline: (left) "Cornrliud Schut inuen: cum privilegio"
Hollstein Dutch 113 (F W H Hollstein 1982, “Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts ca. 1450–1700”, 26, Van Gendt & Co, Amsterdam, p. 256).
The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:
(transl.) “Thisbe collapses into Pyramus' sword after she found her beloved dying at the fountain. The smeared veil that led to the misunderstanding lies behind her.”
See also the description of the print at the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Condition: richly inked and well-printed early impression with narrow margins around the plate mark and in excellent condition (i.e there are no tears, holes, abrasions, significant folds, stains or foxing) and backed with a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.
I am selling his dramatic image showing the two Babylonian lovers, Pyramus and Thisbe, at the very moment when Thisbe kills herself with Pyramus’ sword after discovering that her dead lover had earlier killed himself after falsely believing that a bear-ravaged veil belonging to Thisbe (shown behind her) was evidence that she had been killed, for AU$386 in total (currently US$279.59/EUR245.09/GBP218.66 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).
If you are interested in purchasing this dramatic etching exemplifying the exuberance of the Flemish High-Baroque style, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold