Gallery of prints for sale

Saturday 11 January 2020

Matthäus Merian the Elder's etching, "Emperor Julius Caesar on Horseback”, c.1610

Matthäus Merian I (aka Matthaeus Merian) (1593–1650)

“Emperor Julius Caesar on Horseback”, 1610–1650, plate I from the series, “The First Twelve Roman Caesars”, in reverse after the etching (1596) by Antonio Tempesta (1555–1630) (see, published in Strasburg by Johann Tischerning (c.fl.1685–1700 [see WorldCat publications]), c.1690.

Etching on laid paper trimmed with a narrow margin around the platemark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet trimmed slightly unevenly) 31.1 x 24 cm; (image borderline) 30.6 x 23.1 cm.
Numbered on plate at lower left and right corners: “I”.
Lettered on plate in lower tablet: (left) “A. Tempest. inue:” (centre) “DIVI IVLI CAESAR AV./ Strasburg bey Johan Tscherning aufs Tomas Plan.”; (right)M. Merian. fec:”

Wüthrich 63.272 (L.H. Wüthrich 1966–1996, “Das druckgraphische werk von Matthaeus Merian d. Ae”); Hollstein XXV.162.207 (F.W.H. Hollstein 1954, “German Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts, ca.1400–1700”, Amsterdam).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a description of this print from the state before the addition of the publication details for Tischerning:

Condition: richly inked impression with numerous restored tears and replenished loses (e.g. to the right of the tablet) in the lower section of the sheet. To address the restored damage, the sheet has been laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this grand vision of Julius Caesar on a rearing horse for the total cost of AU$363 (currently US$250.59/EUR225.28/GBP191.81 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this curiously interesting portrayal of the emperor in which a viewer may look at eyelevel at Caesar's face and yet inexplicably also see the underside of his feet, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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