Heinrich Aldegrever (1502-c.1555) - Lot refusing to hand over the angels

Heinrich Aldegrever (1502-c.1555) - Lot refusing to hand over the angels
Etching - Plate signed - 1555

Beautiful impression on laid paper. Laid down on card.

Plate 2: Lot refusing to hand over the angels; standing in front of a door, dragged to right by one of the angels; two Sodomites at left; from a series of four engravings (The story of Lot).

Bibliographic reference:
New Hollstein (German) / The New Hollstein: German engravings, etchings and woodcuts 1400-1700 (15)
Bartsch / Le Peintre graveur (VIII.366.15)

His family name was Trippenmeker (clog-maker) and his family came from Paderborn. In about 1525 he moved to nearby Soest, where he entered the painter's guild c.1526-7 and became a citizen in 1530. His father was a zealous reformer - he had demanded unsuccessfully to be executed along with sixteen citizens of Paderborn arrested during a religious uprising in 1532 - and it is likely that Heinrich strongly sympathised with the Protestant cause (although his explicit and obviously propagandist engravings of a monk and a nun engaged in sexual activity, Bartsch, 178-9, may have been commissioned). Nothing is recorded of his training, but many of his figures reveal the influence of Antwerp artists of the period, as well as Dürer (whose monogram he a imitated) Lucas van Leyden (q.v) and for his ornament prints, the Italian engraver Zoan Andrea (q.v).

(Source: British Museum)

Brown stains. Worn edges. Trimmed close to plate mark. Some holes visible in last photo.

Lot details
Heinrich Aldegrever (1502-c.1555)
Title of artwork
Lot refusing to hand over the angels
Plate signed
Overall in fair condition with traces of ageing and usage
Sold with frame
Image size
11×8 cm
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