Saturn presiding over agriculture. A monument with Saturn holding a scythe and devouring a child dominating an agricultural landscape with harvesters cutting wheat, two figures holding a sieve and basket scoop in the foreground; zodiacal signs (Capricorn and Aquarius) in top corners.
First plate from the series: The Seven Planetary Gods (7plates).
Numbered, signed and dated in lower part of impression: "i" and "HG. inuent." and "Johan Sanredam scup." and (the 6 and 9 are upside down and reversed) "Ao.1569" and "Cum privil. S.C.M.". Lettered in Latin in lower margin, two lines: "Aurea me quondam ... / tellure ferente." and "C. Schonæus".
Saenredam was trained in the workshop of Hendrick Goltzius in Haarlem and later started his own workshop, where he continued to produce high-quality prints after Goltzius and Bloemaert, among others. At a young age, he was already recognized by van Mander in 1602 as an outstanding figure in Dutch engraving, as shown in this wonderful engraving.
Condition: Good dark impression with great contrasts, of the third state (before publisher's address). Printed on laid paper with a watermark (see photo). Some vague brown stains along the left edge. some minor creases at the upper half of the print. Trimmed to the platemark.
Reference: New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 657.III.
Same state as British Museum copy: D,5.249
- Jan Saenredam (1565-1607). After Hendrick Goltius (1558-1617)
- Titel des Kunstwerks
- The Age of Saturn.
- 1700 und früher
- Signiert in der Platte
- Guter Zustand
- 250×175×0 cm