Jan Sadeler I (aka Johann Sadeler; Johannes Sadeler) (1550–1600)
“Landscape with a Hunter Aiming His Bow at a Bird” (TIB title], c1599, published in Vencie, after a lost drawing by Hans Bol (aka Jan Bol) (1534–1593) with lettered Latin text by Andrea Alciati (aka Andreas Alciatus) (1492–1550), copied after “Emblemata” (Venice, 1599) (see https://archive.org/details/emblemataandreae00alcia/page/83/mode/1up).
Engraving on laid paper with partial “Sun” watermark.
Size: (sheet) 24.4 x 35.2 cm; (plate) 22 x 26.7 cm; (image borderline) 19.4 x 26.6 cm.
Inscribed in plate along lower edge within the image borderline: (left of centre) “Ioa Sadeler sculpsit Venetijs”; (right) “I. Bol.”
Lettered in three columns of two lines of Latin below the image borderline: “Dum turdos visco, pedica dum fallit alaudas,/ Et iacta altivolam figit harundo gruem,// Dipsada no prudens auceps pede perculit, ultrix/ Illa mali, emissum virus ab ore inacit.// Sic obot extento qui Sydera respicit arcu,/ Securus fati quod iacet ante pedes./ And. Alciat.”
State i (of i)
TIB 7001.519 (Isabelle de Ramaix 2003, “The Illustrated Bartsch”, vol. 70, Part 3 [Supplement], New York, Abaris Books, p. 129, cat. no. .419); Hollstein (Johann Sadeler I) 563 (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. 176, cat. no. 563); Le Blanc 185; Edquist, p. 207, no. 41a.
The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print: (transl.) “Hilly landscape with farms. To the right a covered wagon wading through the river. In the foreground left, a hunter tries to shoot a bird. However, he is bitten in the foot by a snake. This is the depiction of an emblem where the moral of the story teaches that pride comes before a fall. The print has a Latin caption with the caption of the emblem Qui Alta Contemplantur Cadere by Andrea Alciati.” (http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.168706)
Condition: a strong and well-printed (near faultless) impression in an excellent/near pristine condition for its age with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or significant stains.
I am selling this sensitively executed and very beautiful engraving by one of the most famous of the Flemish old masters, for AU$305 (currently US$193.70/EUR198.01/GBP172.53 at the time of posting this print) including Express Mail (EMS) postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.
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