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Saturday, 23 November 2019

Jost Amman's woodcut, “Battle of the Romans and the Bavarians, 1565


Jost Amman (aka Jost Ammon) (1539–1591)
“Battle of the Romans and the Bavarians, 1565, illustration to Johannes Aventinus’ (aka Johann Georg Turmair [or Thurmayr]) (1477–1534) “Des hochgelerten weitberümbten Beyerischen Geschichtschreibers Chronica“ (The highly acclaimed Beyer historical writer chronical) and “Chronica des uralten Haus Bayern und der alten Deutschen” (Chronical of the ancient house of Bavaria and the old Germans), published in 1566, p. 216. The latter publication may be viewed online or downloaded free-of-charge from archive.org and the following URL shows the print in its context in the publication:
This plate was also used to illustrate “Biblia” with the title “Israel Conquers Shion”, plate number 21 (see TIB 20 [Part 1] [9].1.28 [365]; p. 262), published in 1565 in Frankfurt (see discussion about Amman’s prints in the “Biblia”, including this publication’s full title in TIB, vol. 20 [Part 1], p. 244).
This plate was also used to illustrate “Opera Josephi” with the title “The Pillage of Jerusalem and the Temple” (see TIB 20 [Part 2] [9].12.52 [374]; p. 768) published in 1580 in Frankfurt. Note that the impressions from this publication show significant wear to the printing plate and Bartsch employed earlier impression from previous publications as representative illustrations for his catalogue raisonné (see discussion about Amman’s prints in the “Opera Josephi” in TIB, vol. 20 [Part 2], p. 740).
Woodcut on fine laid paper with a narrow margin around the image borderline, German letterpress text verso (as published in 1566), Amman’s monogram on the foreground shield and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 11.1 x 5.5 cm; (image borderline) 10.8 x 15.2 cm.
TIB 20 (Part 1) (9).1.28 (365) (Jane S Peters [ed.] 1985, “The Illustrated Bartsch: German Masters of the Sixteenth Century: Jost Amman: Intaglio Prints and Woodcuts”, vol. 20 [Part 1], New York, Abaris, p. 262, cat. no. 1.28 [365]); TIB 20 (Part 2) (9).12.52 (374).
Condition: early impression of museum quality—note that there is one worm hole below the hooves of rearing horse on the right—showing minimal wear to the printing plate, trimmed with narrow margins around the image borderline and laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.
I am selling this high quality woodcut from 1565 monogramed on plate by one of the most famous of the German old master printmakers, for AU$170 (currently US$115.45/EUR104.75/GBP89.93 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 small woodcut masterpiece executed with the finest of detail, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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