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Saturday 28 March 2020

Jan de Bisschop’s etching, “Angel with a Banderole”, c.1671

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

“Angel with a Banderole”, c.1671, after Giuseppe Cesari d'Arpino (aka Cavaliere d'Arpino; Josepin [as inscribed on plate]) (c.1568–1640), plate 30 (unfinished) 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 an etched title-page 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 full margins as published.
Size: (sheet) 22 x 27.6 cm; (plate) 13.1 x 19.9 cm.
Inscribed on plate: (lower left) “Josepin inv.”; (lower right) “JE. f. 30”.
State iii (of iii) with the addition of the artist’s Latin monogram (JE. f.), the name of the designer (Josepin) and the plate number (30).

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 30-3 (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. 252, cat. no. 30).

The Curator of the British Museum offers the following insights about the design of this unfinished print:
“Detail from the fresco in the 'Moses-pendentive' by Giuseppe Cesari in the Capella Olgiati in the S. Prassede in Rome. This plate is the only unfinished one in the 'Paradigmata' and was probably meant to resemble those that come before and after it. The image was rotated 90º to right to fit page”

See also the description of this print at the Rijksmuseum:

Condition: excellent impression in near faultless condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains, foxing or significant signs of use).

I am selling this intriguingly unfinished etching of Giuseppe Cesari’s fresco for AU$247 in total (currently US$152.35/EUR136.66/GBP122.35 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 this Baroque vision of an angel with a billowing banderole, 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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