Sunday, 13 October 2019
Hieronymus Wierix's engraving, “Pieta”, c 1590
Hieronymus Wierix (aka Hieronymus Wierx; Jerome Wierix) (1553–1619)
“Pieta” (aka “Avant la Mise au Tombeau” [Mauquoy-Hendrickx title]), 1563–(before) 1619, after two engravings by Marcantonio Raimondi (1470/1482–1527/1534) of similar composition, “The Pietà” (aka “The Pietà with the Bare Arm” [see BM no. H,1.26]) and “The Virgin Lamenting the Dead Body of Christ” (BM no. 1868,0822.27), 1515–20, after a drawing by Raphael or his circle (Louvre, RF 3858),
Engraving on fine laid paper trimmed significantly within the image borderline (with loss of Latin text below the borderline) and with restored losses within the image area, backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 18.6 x 14.8 cm.
Inscribed on plate: (lower left) “[Hieronim]us, W, fe,”
Hollstein Dutch 696 (Zsuzsanna van Ruyven-Zeman & Marjolein Leesberg [comp.] Jan van der Stock & Marjolein Leesberg [eds.] 2003, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450–1700: The Wierix Family: Part IV, vol. 62. Rotterdam, Sound and Vision Rijksprentenkabinet, p. 51, cat. no. 696); Mauquoy-Hendrickx 377 (Marie Mauquoy-Hendrickx 1978, “Les Estampes des Wierix ... Catalogue Raisonné, Premièe partie [Part I], (4 vols.), Brussels, Bibliotheque Royale Albert, p. 54. cat. no. 377, ill. p. 47).
See also the description of this print at the Rijksmuseum: http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.438416
Condition: richly inked strong impression trimmed well within the image borderline with infilled losses (e.g. a restored loss to some of the drapery beneath the head of Christ). The sheet is laid onto a support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.
I am selling this trimmed but still graphically powerful engraving by one of the most famous of the Flemish old masters showing the Virgin Mary lamenting Christ on the anointing stone, for the total cost of AU$312 (currently US$212.04/EUR191.96/GBP167.75 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 very beautiful and sensitively executed print of exceptional rarity (even in this fragmentary state), please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.