Heemskerck -Samson smiting the Philistines

Item Code: MH88

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From a series of six circular plates (NH 85-90)
Here a first state with the publishers address of H. Cock.
Riggs 1977 121
New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 15 (Philips Galle)
New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 88.I (Maarten van Heemskerck

Invented by Maerten van Heemskerck.
Engraved by Philips Galle
Published by Hieronymus Cock.
Dating from around 1560.
Samson smiting the Philistines with the jawbone of an ass; a ferocious battle with a heap of bodies below; in the distance a field of wheat is in flames and Samson walks off with some gates; round plate

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Picture Size 27 cm diameter
Specification Print
technic Engraving
Artist Phillips Galle
period 16th Century
School Dutch
subject Religious
rating *****

PHILIPS GALLE (1537 - 1612)

Galle PhillipsBorn in Haarlem, died in Antwerp. Flemish engraver, print dealer, publisher, writer and historian.

He was one of the most important and influential printmakers during the second half of the sixteenth century, with a list of over 2,500 prints published between 1563 and 1606. His massive output encompassed portraits, religious and allegorical subjects.

Trained by the Haaarlem humanist Dirck Volckertsz. Coornhert, Ph. Galle began his career working in the studio of the engraver/publisher Hieronymus Cock who published Galle’s first prints in 1557 and for whom he worked for many years. During that time, he established a leading reputation for a series of works after Heemskerck.

In 1563, he began his own print publishing business in Haarlem, moving the business to larger premises in Antwerp in 1570, where he modelled his studio on those of Cock and of Christoph Plantin.

Besides engraving his own compositions, Ph. Galle worked with print designers such as Anthonie Blocklandt, Hans Bol, Marten De Vos and Johannes Stradanus. He employed many engravers to assist him, notably The Wierix Brothers, Adriaen and Johannes Collaert, Crispijn De Passe, Johannes Sadeler and Gerard Van Groeningen. Later, he employed his sons Theodoor (who effectively ran the family business from 1600) and Cornelis.


Inventor :


 Painter and print designer; worked in Haarlem and Italy. Born in Heemskerck; son of a farmer. Trained in Haarlem under Jan van Scorel; in Italy 1532-6/7; later career in Haarlem, where one of the richest citizens. Prolific designer of compositions for prints, almost all made by others. Artists who engraved after his designs include Dirk Coornhert (c.1547-59), Philips Galle (from 1559), Cornelis Bos, Theodoor de Bry

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