2 fine master engravings by Marcus Geerhaerts
Issued in the series:
Vorstelijcke warande der dieren; waer in de Zeden-rijcke Philosophie, Poëtisch, Morael, en Historiael, vermakelijck en treffelijck wort voorghestelt
Plate: 13 x 12 cm. Trimmed to outside plate mark on all sides. Text to verso.
Last image shows verso of print under white light.
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. Recent hand colour.
de Vries, De Nederlandsche Emblemata, 73; Landwehr, Dutch Emblem Books, 252a; Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish, VII, p. 100, nos. 1-108
- Lot of 2 engravings by Marcus Geerhaerts (died 1636)
- Title of artwork
- [Mythology, Fables] Bestiary Phoenix & two cockerels, poultry- Rare etching, hand coloured - 1620
- Not signed
- In good condition
- Total dimensions
- 119×100×0 mm