Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder (c. 1520 – c. 1590) - copper engraving, hand coloured - The Wolf, Sow and Piglets - 1617

Description
Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder (c. 1520 – c. 1590) - copper engraving, hand coloured - The Wolf, Sow and Piglets - 1617
Etching - Not signed - 1617

Issued in the series:

Vorstelijcke warande der dieren; waer in de Zeden-rijcke Philosophie, Poëtisch, Morael, en Historiael, vermakelijck en treffelijck wort voorghestelt

1617

Plate: 13 x 12 cm. Trimmed to outside plate mark.

Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder (c. 1520 – c. 1590) was a Flemish printmaker and painter associated with the English court of the mid-16th century and mainly remembered as the illustrator of the 1567 edition of Aesop's Fables.

Gheeraerts is most noteworthy as a printmaker. He was a keen innovator and experimented with etching at a time when woodcut and engraving were dominant techniques. Gheeraerts' style resembles that of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. In his own day, Gheeraerts was particularly famous as a draughtsman of birds and animals, and since the Protestant Reformation had halted the church art market, he showcased his talent in the fable book De warachtighe fabulen der dieren from 1567. He etched the title page and 107 fable illustrations and had his friend, Edewaerd de Dene, write the book's fables in Flemish verse.

This edition 1617. Dutch text to verso.

CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ

de Vries, De Nederlandsche Emblemata, 73; Landwehr, Dutch Emblem Books, 252a; Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish, VII, p. 100, nos. 1-108

Lot details
Artist
Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder (c. 1520 – c. 1590) - copper engraving, hand coloured
Title of artwork
The Wolf, Sow and Piglets - 1617
Year
1617
Technique
Etching
Signature
Not signed
Condition
In good condition
Sold with frame
No
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