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Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Jaspar Isaac’s engraving, “The Descent from the Cross”, c.1631


Jaspar Isaac (aka Gasper Isac; Jaspar Isac; Gaspard Isac; Jaspar Isacsz; Jasper de Isaac) (fl.1585–1654), inscribed on plate as publisher.

“The Descent from the Cross” (La Descente de Croix), c.1631, plate 11 from “Biblia Sacra, Vulgatae Editionis” published by (widow) Claudius Rigaud and Claudius Obertand in 1631 in Lyon (see title page of this publication inscribed with “Jaspar Isac” as the engraver at the Rijksmuseum: http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.128102), possibly after Egbert van Panderen’s (c.1581–1637) engraving of the same design, “Kruisafneming” (http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.collect.160326)—alternatively, Van Panderen’s engraving may be after Isaac’s engraving—after the design by Luca Cambiaso (aka Luca Cambiasi; Luca Cangiage; Luca Cangiano; Luca Cangiasi; Lucas Cangiasus; Luchetto da Genova) (1527–1585)—possibly the pen and wash drawing, “Descent from the Cross”, c.1570 (https://www.artsy.net/artwork/luca-cambiaso-descent-from-the-cross) which is loosely similar in composition.

Note: this print is not documented or held in any of the major Museum repositories allowing me to verify that all the above details are correct. My apologies if there are errors.

Engraving on fine laid paper with watermark (portion) trimmed close to the image borderline.
Size: (sheet) 32.1 x 20.2 cm; (image borderline) 29.5 x 19.9 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline at lower left corner: “Jaspar Isac ex’”.
Numbered on plate below the image borderline: (centre) “11”.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline in two columns, with four lines of Latin at left and four lines of French at right: “Sancta quibus cordi est pietas gressum properate,/ …/…/… pharusque meis,// Sus sus tost hastéz uous, ames toutes fidelles/ …/…/ … de mes yeux,”.

Condition: a strong impression trimmed with a narrow margin around the image borderline and a centre-fold. The sheet is slightly darkened by its considerable age and there are numerous small areas of restoration along with the remnants of mounting verso.

I am selling this superb engraving, showing Christ being extracted from the cross by Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea and other assistants with Mary Magdalene seated and praying at the foot of the cross beside the crown of thorns in a basket, for AU$332 (currently US$213.59/EUR197.58/GBP174.98 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 very rare engraving—I have been unable to find another copy of it in any museum repository—please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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