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Saturday, 27 June 2020

Engraving after Cornelis Cort & Bernardino Passeri, “Rest on the Flight into Egypt”, c.1588


Unidentified Flemish engraver from the circle of Jan Sadeler I (1550–1600) and Thomas de Leu (c.1555–c.1612)

Compare the print by an unidentified engraver (published by Jan Sadeler I) held by the British Museum (https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1866-0407-836) with the print by Thomas de Leu held by the Rijksmuseum (http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.139694). Note that the earlier state of the print by Thomas de Leu is dated 1580.

“Rest on the Flight into Egypt” (aka “Le Repos en Egypte”), c.1588 (BM: 1576–1600), copy in reversed and reduced in size after Cornelis Cort’s (1533-1578) engraving (1576) (see https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_Nn-7-28-1), after Bernardino Passeri’s (c.1540–c.1590) composition, possibly published by Jan Sadeler I (aka Johannes Sadeler; Johann Sadeler) in Antwerp.

Engraving on fine laid paper trimmed along the image borderline with loss of any lettered text below the borderline and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet/image borderline) 16 x 13.1 cm.
Inscribed on plate on lower edge: “BERNARDINVS / PASSARVS / INVEN.”

Condition: well-printed and strong impression trimmed around the image borderline with loss of the text lines below the borderline. There are replenished losses (restorations) otherwise the sheet is in excellent condition and is laid onto a support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.

I am selling this superb engraving from the late 1500s for AU$323 (currently US$221.69/EUR197.57/GBP179.68 at the time of posting this print) 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 masterwork of engraving, sparkling with light and exemplifying the engraver’s skill in rendering portrayed subjects with great clarity—note the modelling of the apple held by Joseph and the braying donkey in the distance—please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.











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