Superb proof on laid paper from the 17th century, preserved in good condition, with small margins.
Small deficiency on top left, restored.
Thomas de Leu or Leeuw or Le Leup (1560-1612) was a French engraver of Dutch origin.
He made his debut in Antwerp, first influenced by Wierix. He mainly worked in Paris, since 1576, with Jean Rabel. He was one of the most important portrait engravers of his time.
He was the son-in-law of Antoine Caron, one of the main painters of the 2nd School of Fontainebleau, and therefore brother-in-law of the engravers Léonard Gauthier and Jaspar Isaac. He was also Claude Vignon’s father-in-law.
From a painting by Palma Il Giovane 1544-1628 important exponent of Venetian painting.
Inscriptions on bottom, S. Sebastianus. Iacobus Palma inve.
A dx Thomas de Leu
The martyrdom of Sebastian is famous, he was a high-ranking Roman officer who, proclaiming his Christian faith, was condemned to death by Diocletian and saved himself from the numerous arrows that struck him. He died only later by flogging.
There is another similar work made by Sadeler Aegidius (1568-1629)
With certificate of authenticity.
- Da Palma il giovane (1544-1628) Thomas de Leu (1560-1612)
- Title of artwork
- “San Sebastianus “ Originale
- 1580/1610 con certificato d’autenticità
- Plate signed
- Overall in good condition
- Sold with frame
- Total dimensions
- 290×213×1 mm