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Thursday 1 June 2023

Engraving by an unidentified artist from the circle of Jan Saenredam, “Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden”, c1660, after Saenredam and Bloemaert

Unidentified artist from the circle of Jan Saenredam (1565–1607)

“Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden” (aka “Adam and Eve before the Tree of Knowledge”; “Adam et Eve se promenant dans le paradis terrestre”), c1660, a copy in reverse after Jan Saenredam’s engraving, after Abraham Bloemaert (1564–1651), plate 2 from the series of six engravings, “Story of Adam and Eve”, published by Marco Sadeler (aka Marcus Sadeler, Marc Sadeler) (fl.c1660s), with four lines of Latin by Theodorus Schrevelius (1572–1649).

Engraving on laid paper trimmed with a thread margin around the image borderline and text lines and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 26.5 x 19.4 cm.

Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower centre) “A. Bloemaert inv.”

Lettered on plate below the image borderline in two columns of two lines of Latin text: “Jusserat auricomo nemus omne gravescere foetu/ Rerum opifex, hominem silvas habitare beatas,// Et colere, et legem ruris servare fruendi/ Posse datum; rapta est per deuia prona voluntas.// TSchreve/ M: Sadler exc[u]” ([transl. Roethlisberger (1993), p. 121] “The creator of things had ordered the groves to be loaded with all sorts of golden fruit, man to live in delightful woods, cultivate them, and to be able to preserve the right to enjoy the condition of the rural life. The auspicious condition is revoked because of deviation”).

References to Jan Saenredam’s engraving: TIB 4(3).14 (225) (Walter L Strauss (ed.) 1980, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Netherlandish Artists”, vol. 4, New York, Abaris Books, p. 323, cat. no. 14); Roethlisberger 73 (Marcel G Roethlisberger 1993, “Abraham Bloemaert and His Sons: Paintings and Prints”, vol. 1, Ghent, Davaco, p. 121, cat. no. 73).

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression trimmed close to the image borderline and laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.

I am selling this sensitively executed engraving exemplifying the Mannerist spirit of the time, for the total cost of AU$391 (currently US$261.34/EUR236.46/GBP208.16 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 marvellous engraving, 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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