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Sunday 13 August 2023

Christoffel Jegher’s colour woodcut, “Portrait of Justin II”, c.1645

Christoffel Jegher (1596–1652/3)

“Portrait of Justin II” (aka “DN. IVSTINVS. P. P. AVG”)— Justin II was the Eastern Roman Emperor from 565 until 578 who (according to Wikipedia, regarding the account of the Emperor’s madness towards the end of his life by John of Ephesus [c.507–c.588]); see “required organ music to be played day and night”, c.1645, plate XCIII (93) chiaroscuro woodcut illustration to page 185 of Hubert Goltzius' (1526–1583) “Icones Imperatorum Romanorum”, published in Antwerp by Balthasar Moretus II (aka Balthasar Moerentorf II) (1615–1674) in 1645.

Colour woodcut from two blocks printed in black and ochre on buff laid paper with letterpress text verso.

Size: (sheet) 20.1 x 20 cm; (image borderline dia.) 16.9 cm.

Lettered in plate following the round image borderline: “DN. IVSTINVS. P. P. AVG.”

The British Museum offers a description of this print:

Condition: a strong impression with Latin letterpress text verso. Beyond a few pale dot stains in the margin, the sheet is in an excellent condition for its considerable age with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or significant stains.

I am selling this lifetime impression of a graphically arresting chiaroscuro woodcut from the mid-1600s for the total cost of AU$271 (currently US$181.14/EUR163.89/GBP144.27 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) 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 marvellously strong colour woodcut depicting Emperor Justin II (565–578), please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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