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Infant Jesus with globe

Item Code: abr292

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A rare signed engraving of the infant jesus sitting on a pillow and blessing the wolrd. In his hand the 'weltkugel'

Print made and published by: Jacob Matham (attributed)
Inventor: Hendrick Goltzius
Hollstein 49
Ca. 1597.
Four collectors marks including Lugt 3574, three on the backsife, one on the front .
Good early impression with guide lines for the text visible.
Early watermark in the paper.
With the inscription in pencil: 'selten'
and' B.RRR'
Extremely rare!

Additional Information

SKU abr292
Picture Size 22,50 x 14,20 cm
Specification Print
technic Engraving
Artist Jacob Matham
period 16th Century
School Dutch
subject Religious
rating *****

Jacob Matham (October 15, 1571 – January 20, 1631) - Dutch School Of Haarlem.

Jacon-b MathamFamous engraver and pen-draftsman.

He was the stepson and pupil of painter and draftsman Hendrik Goltzius, and brother-in-law to engraver Simon van Poelenburgh, having married his sister, Marijtgen.

He made several engravings after the paintings of Peter Paul Rubens from 1611-1615, and also a series after the work of Pieter Aertsen. In 1613, engraver Jan van de Velde was apprenticed to him. He was the father of Jan, Theodoor and Adriaen Matham, the latter of whom was a notable engraver in his own right.

He took over the Goltzius shop in Haarlem around 1600. In 1601 Matham received his own privilege from Prague.


Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1647)

Goltzius portraitDutch printmaker, draftsman, and painter. He was the leading Dutch engraver of the early Baroque period, or Northern Mannerism, noted for his sophisticated technique and the "exuberance" of his compositions. Goltzius was born near Venlo in Bracht or Millebrecht in North Rhine-Westphalia. His family moved to Duisburg when he was 3 years old. After studying painting on glass for some years under his father, he learned engraving from the Dutch polymath Dirck Volckertszoon Coornhert, who then lived in Cleves. In 1577 he moved with Coornhert to Haarlem. In the same town, he was also employed by Philip Galle to engrave a set of prints of the history of Lucretia. Goltzius had a malformed right hand from a fire when he was a baby which turned out to be especially well-suited to holding the burin; "by being forced to draw with the large muscles of his arm and shoulder, he mastered a commanding swing of line.
At the age of 21 he married a widow somewhat advanced in years, whose money enabled him to establish an independent business at Haarlem ; but his unpleasant relations with her so affected his health that he found it advisable in 1590 to make a tour through Germany to Italy, where he acquired an intense admiration for the works of Michelangelo. He returned to Haarlem in August 1591, considerably improved in health, and worked there until his death.
Goltzius brought to an unprecedented level the use of the "swelling line", where the burin is manipulated to make lines thicker or thinner to create a tonal effect from a distance. He also was a pioneer of "dot and lozenge" technique, where dots are placed in the middle of lozenge shaped spaces created by cross-hatching to further refine tonal shading. Hollstein credits 388 prints to him, with a further 574 by other printmakers after his designs. In his command of the burin, Goltzius is said to rival Dürer. He made engravings of Bartholomeus Spranger's paintings. Goltzius began painting at the age of forty-two; some of his paintings can be found in Vienna. He also executed a few chiaroscuro woodcuts. He was the stepfather of engraver Jacob Matham. He died, aged 58, in Haarlem.

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