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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Philips Galle‘s engraving, “Salome Receives the Head of John the Baptist”, 1564


Philips Galle (aka Philippe Galle; Philippus Gallaeus) (1537–1612)

“Salome Receives the Head of John the Baptist”, 1564, plate 6 from the series of six plates, ”History of John the Baptist”, after Maarten van Heemskerck (1498–1574) with Latin text by Hadrianus Junius (aka Adriaen de Jonghe) (1511–1575), published by Philips Galle in Haarlem.

Engraving fine laid paper, backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 21.5 x 29.6 cm; (plate) 20 x 26.6 cm; (image borderline) 19.3 x 26.5 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline along the lower edge: (right of centre) “MHE. IN.”; (right of centre on rock) “.6.”; (right) “.1564.”
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: “NVNC FVNESTA EPVLIS ANIM[M] FERALIBVS EXPLE, INCREPITI INCESTVS REVS EN TIBI CONCIDIT ENSE.”
State: i (of ii)

TIB 5601.125:6 (Walter L Strauss & Arno Dolders [eds.] 1987, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Netherlandish Artists: Philips Galle”, vol. 56, Supplement, New York, Abaris Books, p. 108. cat. .025:6); New Hollstein Dutch 180-1(2) (Galle) (Manfred Sellink [comp. & ed.] 2001, “The New Hollstein: Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts 1450–1700: Philips Galle”, Part 2, Rotterdam, Sound and Vision, p. 64, cat. 175–180); New Hollstein Dutch 312 (Heemskerck) (Ilja M Veldman 1993–94, “The New Hollstein: Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts 1450-1700: Maarten van Heemskerck”, Roosendaal, Koninklijke Van Poll, cat. 307–312); Hollstein VII.78.195; Hollstein VIII.244.295; Bartsch LVI.108.025.6.

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:
(transl.) “Salome receives the head of John the Baptist from the executioner who beheaded him. The head is on a scale. She brings the head to her mother. On the left the decapitated body of John the Baptist in prison. In the background you can see how the body is removed”

See also the description offered by the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Condition: richly inked and near faultless lifetime impression in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use). The sheet is trimmed near the plate mark at the upper edge and has larger margins on the sides and lower edge and is laid onto a support of conservator’s fine archival/millennium quality washi paper.

I am selling this superb lifetime impression of this rare engraving, executed only 23 years after Michelangelo completed “The Last Judgement”, for the total cost of AU$260 (currently US$180.53/EUR160.58/GBP139.47 at the time of 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 fascinating print showing multiple events in a narrative timeline—viz. the beheaded body of John the Baptist at left, the disposal of his body in the far distance, the presentation of his head to Salome on a platter in the foreground and, ultimately, to Salome’s presentation of his head to her mother on the right—please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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