Antonius Wierix II (1552-1604) - "La Crocefissione"

Antonius Wierix II (1552-1604) - "La Crocefissione"
burin - Plate signed - 1593 ca.

Sheet trimmed slightly beyond the framing, on laid paper with watermark, in good condition, only with slight abrasions and traces of old lining on the back (see photos).
Below the image, Latin inscription with Biblical quote (Psal. XXI) and then two verses on two columns.
Further down on the left "M. de Vos inventor", in the middle "Antonius Wirix fecit", to the right "Joann. Baptista Vrints excudit".
A crucifiction with soldiers in oriental uniforms, the work of Anton II, the youngest of the three Wierix brothers (but who died before the others), who made 125 religious engravings together with his older brothers. This copy could come from "Evangelicae Historiae Imagines" published in 1593 on behalf of the Order of the Jesuits that he had taken up, entrusting it to Wierix, a project of a few decades earlier, interrupted in 1576 because of the Ssack of Antwerp.
L. Alvin, "Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre des trois frères Jean, Jérôme & Antoine Wierix", 1866, 43.229; Jeffrey Chipps Smith, "Sensuous Worship: Jesuits and the Art of the Early Catholic Reformation in Germany", 2002, 42.

Lot details
Antonius Wierix II (1552-1604)
Title of artwork
"La Crocefissione"
1593 ca.
Plate signed
In good condition
Sold with frame
Total dimensions
283×200×0 mm
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