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Tuesday 11 August 2020

Jan de Bisschop’s etching, “Dying Christ Supported by Angels,” c1670

Jan de Bisschop (aka Johannes Episcopius) (1628–1671)

“Dying Christ Supported by Angels,” c1670 (1668–1671 [Rijksmuseum dating]), after a red chalk drawing in the Albertina, Vienna (inv. no. 2128; see formerly attributed to Annibale Carracci (1560–1609), plate 1 (after the title plate) in the series of 157 etchings by Jan de Bisschop, initially published at the Hague in 1671/72 by Nicolaas Visscher II (1649–1702) and later by Hendrik de Leth (1703–1766) in “Paradigmata Graphices Variorum Artificum”, with a title plate by Gerard de Lairesse (1640–1711) (see This impression is from the numbered and lettered Hendrik de Leth edition (c.1731–41).

See this publication and the context of this print online at

Etching on laid paper with wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 31.9 x 22.4 cm; (plate) 22.3 x 13.4 cm.

Inscribed on plate: (upper right corner) “1”; (lower left) “Ann.Caratus inv.del.”; (lower right) “Ann.Caratius inv.del.”; (lower right) “[De Bisschop's monogram] JE. f.” 

State iii (of iii) with the addition of the artist’s Latin monogram, the name of the designer and the plate number.

Hollstein Dutch 6 (F W H Hollstein 1950, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450–1700: Berckheyde–Bodding”, vol. 2, Amsterdam, Menno Hertzberger, p. 44, cat. no. 6); Gelder & Jost 1-3 (3) (Jan G van Gelder & Ingrid Jost 1985, “Jan de Bisschop and his Icones and Paradigmata: Classical Antiquities and Italian Drawings for Artistic Instrumentation in Seveneenth Century Holland”, Doornspijk, Davaco, p. 231, cat. no. 1).

See also the description of this print at the British Museum and the Rijksmuseum:;

Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression in near faultless condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling).

I am selling this exceptionally beautiful translation (in reverse) of Carracci’s red chalk drawing in the Albertina of Christ as “The Man of Sorrows”, for AU$302 in total (currently US$216.58/EUR184.46/GBP165.72 at the time of posting 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 what I see as a magnificent rendering of Christ’s musculature with convincingly drawn foreshortened legs and stretched torso (following his crucifixion), 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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