Frans Huys (c1522-1562)
“Domitianus”, 1567–1570, after the design by Hans Vredeman de Vries (aka Jan Vredeman de Vries) (1527-1606/9), published by Gerard de Jode (aka Geeraert de Jode; Geerart de Jode; Gerardo de Jode; Gheerde de Jode; Gheraerde de Jode; Girard de Jode) (1516/17–1591) in Antwerp, as an illustration to “Icones Dvodecim Caesarvm Roma=Ex Antiquissimis Monvmentis In Gratiam Artificvm Elegantissime Exornatae Gerar. de Jodé Excud” (Icons of the Twelve Caesars from Rome; From the Most Ancient Monuments, Most Elegantly Decorated in Grace of Artists; Gerar. de Jodé Publisher.), 1567-1570. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin offers publication details of this print: https://smb.museum-digital.de/index.php?t=objekt&oges=81412.
Engraving on laid paper with letterpress Latin text verso, trimmed with a thread margin around the platemark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 11.2 x 8.7 cm; (plate) 10.9 x 8.3 cm; (image borderline) 10.6 x 8 cm.
Inscribed on plate within a strapwork tablet: (lower centre) “DOMITIANVS/ 12”.
Condition: a strong early/lifetime impression with narrow margins laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.
I am selling this exceptionally rare and
visually arresting engraving of Emperor Domitian (aka Domitianus) (81–96) with
allusions to his reign—for example, on the lower left is shown the miracle of
Saint John the Evangelist rising unharmed from a cauldron of boiling oil into
which Domitian had him cast; note also the wild dog, loin and victims of the
Colosseum which the Domitian completed building during his reign—for the total cost of AU$320 (currently US$235.68/EUR203.81/GBP173.39 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 finely executed engraving featuring strapwork ornamentation animated with figures, animals, smoking urns, scalloped bunting and garlands of fruit, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold