Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Johann Nepomuk Strixner (1782–1855)
“St John the Baptist in pelt, seated towards left, a book on his lap and raising his right hand in blessing; within arched composition; after Jan Van Eyck”, 1820, from the series, “Königlich Baierischer Gemälde-Saal zu München und Schleissheim in Steindruck” [Royal Bavarian Art Hall in Munich and Schleissheim in Steindruck], printed by Joseph Selb (1784–1832).
Lithograph with yellow and buff tint stones
Size: (sheet) 64 x 46 cm; (image borderline) 56.8 x 26.9 cm
Inscribed below the lower borderline: (left) "Van Eÿk pinx:"; (centre) "Ged: von Selb"; (right) "Nep: Strixner del: 1820.”
The curator of the British Museum offers the following information about this print: “This is after one of the panels of the top register of Van Eyck's Ghent altarpiece, the panel right of central panel.” (http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=3236745&partId=1&people=106192&peoA=106192-2-60&page=1).
Condition: a fine impression of a large print with generous margins (as published). The sheet is in good condition for its age but there is areas of unevenness in the colour of the paper as it has aged, minor specks and a spot on the right side of the image.
I am selling this original rare and large lithograph of the right panel of Van Eyck's Ghent altarpiece for a total cost of AU$150 (currently US$109.78/EUR97.05/GBP75.90 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in purchasing this visually sumptuous print 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
Sometimes images can seem so visually rich that they could be called sumptuous. For me, this is one of them.
What makes this rare lithograph by Strixner so arresting may have a lot to do with the suggestion of gold through use of ochre, but I suspect that this is only a part of its allure. For me, the other eye-catching aspect has to do with the juxtaposition of two different spaces: the graphic space where my brain—the left hemisphere—seeks to read the text inscribed around St John's head and the pictorial space were my brain—the right hemisphere—responds intuitively to the saint's body-language of hand gesture and facial expression.