Aegidius Sadeler II (aka Ægedius Sadeler; Egidius Sadeler; Gillis Sadeler; Gillis Sadler) (1568–1629)
“Virgin and Child” (aka “The Virgin and Child in a Landscape”), c1597, after Albrecht Dürer’s (1471–1528) watercolour, “Madonna with a Multitude of Animals”, c1503, in the Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna (inv. 3066).
Etching and engraving on laid paper trimmed close to the image borderline with partial loss of the writing edge, backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 33.3 x 24.4 cm; (image borderline) 32.4 x 24.1 cm.
Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (lower left) “cum priuil S.C. M.tis”.
Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (centre) “ALVERTVS DVRER ALMANVS INVENTOR”.
State ii (of iv [TIB]) with the addition of lettering but before the reworking of the plate of state iii.
TIB 7201.075 S2 (Isabelle de Ramaix 1997, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Ægedius Sadeler II”, vol. 72, Part 1 [Supplement], New York, Abaris Books, p. 121, cat. no. .075 S2); Holstein Dutch 72-ii (Dieuwke de Hoop Scheffer [comp.] 1980, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450-1700: Aegidius Sadeler to Raphael Sadeler II : text”, vol., 21, Amsterdam, Van Gendt & Co, p. 23, cat. no. 72 ii); Wurzbach (vol. 4) 16; LeBlanc 35; Nagler 92
The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “Landscape with the Virgin and child seated at centre, several animals in foreground (e.g. dog, beetle, slug, butterfly, dragonfly, fox on a leash, frog, owl in tree trunk, spider crab), an angel addressing a group of shepherds in background at right, a bay with a city in background at left; second state with engraved privilege; after Albrecht Dürer” (https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1845-0809-621).
See also the descriptions of this print offered by the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the National Gallery of Art; the Rijksmuseum: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/396823; https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.156072.html; http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.167835.
Condition: a strong impression (possibly a lifetime/early impression based on the quality of the line showing no sign of wear to the printing plate), trimmed close to the image borderline with partial loss of the lower line of text in the writing edge. There are restored tears and a replenished loss of the lower left corner. Beyond these issues, there are no significant stains or foxing and the sheet has been laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.
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