J. J. Thourneyser; Joachim von Sandrart (1655-98) - Laocoön - 1679

J. J. Thourneyser; Joachim von Sandrart (1655-98) - Laocoön - 1679
Folio engraving - Plate signed - 1679

The statue of Laocoön and His Sons, also called the Laocoön Group, has been one of the most famous ancient sculptures ever since it was excavated in Rome in 1506 and placed on public display in the Vatican, where it remains.

J. J. Thourneyser after Joh. Sandrart


37.5 x 24.2 cm

Published 1679.

ORIGINAL in very good overall condition.

Sometimes referred to as the “German Vasari,” Joachim von Sandrart, born in Frankfurt, trained first as a printmaker, notably in Nuremberg, and in Prague with Aegidius Sadeler. After a long and successful career in the foremost artistic circles in England, Italy, and the Netherlands, he returned to Germany and painted for Emperor Ferdinand III, for which he was ennobled in 1673. In the latter part of his life, Sandrart settled in Nuremberg and turned to publishing projects and teaching. His most important publication, the Academia todesca, better known as the Teutsche Academie, was the first comprehensive treatise on the history of art written in German. The first volume, dated 1675, offered theoretical and historical accounts of the arts of architecture, sculpture, and painting, lavishly illustrated with hundreds of prints, many depicting objects in notable collections. It also included sections on the lives and stylistic characteristics of famous artists from classical antiquity to Sandrart’s own time. A second volume, published in 1679, expanded these areas and added a translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Lot details
J. J. Thourneyser; Joachim von Sandrart (1655-98)
Title of artwork
Laocoön - 1679
Folio engraving
Plate signed
In good condition
Sold with frame
0.3 kg
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