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Thursday 3 February 2022

Anton Woensam’s woodcut, “The Beheading of St John the Baptist”, 1529

Anton Woensam (aka Anton Woensam of Worms; Anton von Woensam; Anton von Worms) (c1493/96–c1541)

“The Beheading of St John the Baptist”, 1529, woodcut on laid paper with the artist’s monogram and date at lower left, trimmed around the image borderline and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 13 x 8.4 cm.

This is a print of the utmost rarity. It is not held in any of the major museum repositories nor is it documented in the catalogue of Woensam’s prints in TIB  (Walter L Strauss [ed.] 1981, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Sixteenth Century Artists”, vol. 13, New York, Abaris Books, pp. 189–296). Strauss (1981), however, does advise with regard to this artist’s series, “The Passion of Christ”, that “Bartsch lists sixteen prints in this series, of which he knew only seven. We have found two others, but could not locate the last seven, if they do exist” (page 195).

Condition: an early well-printed and strong impression showing no sign of wear to the printing plate, trimmed along the image borderline and laid onto a sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet has an appropriate age toning and is in an excellent (museum quality) condition with no significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this very rare woodcut for AU$467 in total (currently US$216.59/EUR291.12/GBP245.41 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 superb Renaissance period woodcut, 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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