Monday, 5 November 2018

Martin Hermann Faber’s etching, “Landscape with Christ healing the Centurion’s Servant”, c1620


Martin Hermann Faber (aka Marten Herman Faber; Marten Harmens Faber; Martinus Hermannus Faber) (1587–1648)

“Landscape with Christ healing the Centurion’s Servant”, c1620
Etching on laid paper trimmed with thread margins around the image borderline and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 40 x 51.8 cm; (image borderline) 39 x 51.6 cm
Lettered below the image borderline: (left) “Martin: Faber Embd: Inuentor"

Andresen/Hollstein/Wurzbach 1

Condition: richly inked and well-printed lifetime impression (based on the crisp linework showing no sign of wear to the plate) trimmed close to the image borderline with restored tears, nicks and replenished small losses including the lower left corner. The print is laid upon a support sheet.

I am selling this huge etching of the utmost rarity—it is so rare that I have been unable to find this print in the collection of any major institution—for AU$615 in total (currently US$442.26/EUR388.92/GBP340.29 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 stunning masterwork of early landscape etching with a biblical narrative, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold


This is one of those prints that I suspect very few people will have seen as it is not held by any major museum or any other institution listing their collection online. Despite its rarity, the print is also historically important (at least in my way of looking at the development of the landscape tradition in art). The reason that I wish to propose this idea is simply because it fits neatly as a transitional landscape separating the “Weltlandschaft” (World Landscape) of the early Netherlandish painters, such as Joachim Patinir (c1480–1524) (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joachim_Patinir#/media/File:Paisaje_con_san_Jer%C3%B3nimo,_Joachim_Patinir,_Museo_del_Prado.jpg), and the late Mannerist landscapes of artists like Paul Bril (1554–1626) (see https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q27964568#/media/File:Paul_Bril_001.jpg). What marks it as a historically seminal image for me is that it captures a compression of spatial depth from the expansively vast— almost cosmic—aerial viewpoint of the earlier landscapes to a more intimate connection with nature.  






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