Gérard Edelinck (1640–1707)
“Saint Ambrose” (aka “S. Ambrosivs Mediolanensis Episcopvs” [as titled in plate]); “Heilige Ambrosius”; “St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan”), c1686 (1666–1707), after a drawing by Jean Baptiste de Champaigne (1631–1681), with privilege from Louis XIV (King of France).
Engraving on laid paper trimmed to the image borderline and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 22.2 x 14.1 cm; (image borderline) 17.5 x 14 cm.
Inscribed in plate below the image borderline: (left) “J. Bap. de Champagne delin.”; (centre)
“S. AMBROSIVS MEDIOLANENSIS
EPISCOPVS/ Vocatione Aaron, Zelo Phinees, Moyses Lenitate, Dei/ Vindex, Arx Ecclesiæ,
Imperii Arbiter, Cæli Discipulus,/ Fidei Doctor, Doctorum
Parens, Poenitentiæ Assertor,/ Poenitentium Patronus.”; (right) “G. Edelinck Sculp. cum pri.re.”
State ii (of ii) with the addition of text.
Robert-Dumesnil 23 (A.P.F. Robert-Dumesnil et [G. Duplessis] 1835–71, “Le peintre-graveur français, ou catalogue raisonné des estampes gravées par les peintres et les dessinateurs de l'école française: ouvrage faisant suite au peintre-graveur de Bartsch”, Paris, p. 190, cat. no. 23).
See also the Rijksmuseum’s description of the print:
(transl.) “Saint Ambrose depicted in half as he writes. Below the scene an inscription in Latin” (http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.107610).
Condition: a strong impression, trimmed around the image borderline and backed with a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The print is in an excellent condition for its considerable age.
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