Monday, 17 February 2020
Raphael Sadeler II’s engraving, “Seascape with Christ Walking on Water”, c.1615, after Paul Bril
Raphael Sadeler II (1584–1632)
“Seascape with Christ Walking on Water” (aka “Seascape with Christ and his disciples in the storm on the Sea of Galilee” [Zeegezicht met Christus en zijn leerlingen in de storm op het meer van Galilea]), c.1615 (1599–1632), after Paul Bril (aka Paulus Brill; Paolo Brillo) (1553/4–1626)
Engraving on laid paper backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 27.2 x 34.4 cm; (plate) 20.2 x 27.4 cm; (image borderline) 19.4 x 27.2 cm.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “P. Bril inuentor”; (right) “Raphael Sadeler iun. Scalpsit”.
State i (of i)
Hollstein Dutch 50 (Dieuwke de Hoop Scheffer [comp.] 1980, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450–1700: Aegidius Sadeler to Raphael Sadeler II”, vol. 21, [text], Amsterdam, Van Gendt & Co, p. 278, cat. 50).
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Seascape with Christ walking on water in lower right, a ship on a choppy sea at left, St Peter walking towards Christ at centre, smaller boats and a city in background; after Paul Bril”
See also the description offered by the Rijksmuseum:
(transl.) “A maritime landscape. On the left, the disciples of Christ sail over the Sea of Galilee in a boat during a storm. Christ follows them over the water on the left. Peter walks over the water towards Christ. He threatens to drown but Christ saves him”
Condition: excellent early impression (based on no evidence of wear to the printing plate), but with a flattened printer’s crease at centre and restored tears in lower margin. Beyond the restoration of tears, the sheet is otherwise in a clean condition with no foxing or significant stains.
Note that this is a second impression of this engraving that I have posted. The previous copy has been sold.
I am selling this remarkably strong engraving showing a sparkling light filled scene following a storm and the miracle of St Peter walking—but sadly also starting to sink because of his lack of faith—on a wind-whipped sea towards Christ who is also walking on water in the foreground, for AU$384 (currently US$258.24/EUR238.08/GBP197.98 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 marvellous engraving of vast space animated with natural and biblical drama, please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold