Fine sixteenth-century etching and burin, from a private collection, on fine laid paper with watermark, from the famous work by Martin Corneille:
Les Genealogies et anciennes descentes des forestiers et comtes de Flandre,
Engraved by Pieter Baltens de Costere, alias Custodis, 1525-1598
Here, depicted with weapons and shield is:
Robert the Frisian
Robert II (c. 1065 - 1111), 11th count of Flanders from 1093 the 1111. He became known as Robert of Jerusalem (Robertus Hierosolimitanus) or Robert the Crusader after his feats in the First Crusade.
During his short reign he promoted the birth of the wool processing industry, which was the basis of Flanders’ wealth and importance in the centuries to come, he also fortified Bergues.
Pieter Baltens de Costere, known as Custodias (1525-1598).
His career and artistic development and that of the Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder were closely intertwined.
In fact, in 1550-1551 Bruegel worked as an assistant to Peeter Baltens.
He is recognised as one of the main inventors of the genre of the village scene in Flemish and Dutch art.
With certificate of authenticity.
- Pieter Baltens de Costere, detto Custodis (1525-1598)
- Title of artwork
- “Robert le jeune Fryson, II° Conte” XVI secolo
- 1580 con certificato d’autenticità
- burin, Etching
- Not signed
- Overall in good condition
- Sold with frame
- Total dimensions
- 196×140×1 mm