Saturday, 20 June 2020
Engraving by an unidentified printmaker, “Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise”, c.1590, after Raphael
Unidentified Flemish engraver
(Note: the attribution of the engraver as Flemish and the date of execution of this engraving is based on information supplied by the dealer from whom I purchased this print. I can also see why this may be the case as the sensitively handled contour modelling of the figures and the mannered treatment of the distant trees seems appropriate for Flemish/Netherlandish engravers of the late 1500s.)
“Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise”, c.1590, after Raphael’s (1483–1520) fresco painting of the same subject (c.1517–19) in the vault of the second bay of the Raphael Loggia in the Vatican, illustrating the Old Testament verses from Genesis 3:22–24 (New International Version):
“22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.
24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[a] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.”
Engraving on fine laid paper with watermark (walking duck).
Size: (sheet) 24.8 x 29.7 cm; (plate) 20.8 x 25 cm; (image borderline) 18.8 x 23.6 cm.
Lettered on plate below the image boderline in two lines of Latin: “Eiecit Dominus Adam et uxorem de paradiso uoluptatis, collocauitq[ue] ante eum Cherubin et flameum/ gladium atq[ue] uersatilem ad custodiendum lignum uitus. Gen 3.”
Condition: strong impression on laid paper with ample margins. There is a stain-like mark between the angel and Adam that may have occurred during the printing process rather than a later defect and there are minor handling-marks in the margins otherwise the print is in excellent condition.
I am selling this superb engraving of Raphael’s fresco—note that the impression still shows the guide lines for the inscribed lettering—for AU$305 (currently US$208.53/EUR186.49/GBP168.88 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 graphically arresting engraving, 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