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Pieter Furnius - The Prophet Elijah

Item Code: xxr297

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Pieter Jalhea Furnius

The Story of the Prophet Elijah - Undescribed. 

The present print, part of a series of four is not described in the critical literature.
Hollstein’s catalogue of engravings by Furnius fails to include the Elijah series in its inventory.

The print depicts the meeting of Elijah with the widow of Zarephath and the raising of her son. 
Furnius’ formal language is stern and strong. His engraving style is not intended to achieve beauty of line, its austerity is adapted to the seriousness of the theme. The figures appear static and massive, yet very expressive and filled with great inner energy.
Very good tonal impressions with margins. Minor ageing, old numeration in ink, otherwise in excellent, untreated condition.

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SKU xxr297
Picture Size 21,50 x 27,50 cm
Specification Print
technic Engraving
Artist Pieter Furnius
period 16th Century
School Flemish
subject Religious
rating ***

Pieter Jalhea Furnius (1545 -1610)

Flemish name: Petrus Dufour
Flemish printmaker; painter/draughtsman
Born in Liège, pupil of Lambert Lombard  worked Antwerp for Plantin 1563-71. Died in Liège.

We know little about the life and work of the Liège painter and engraver Pieter Furnius. The prints we know by Furnius show him as a significant representative of Flemish Mannerism. Furnius studied under the influential painter Lambert Lombard in Liège. He spent the years between 1563 and 1571 in Antwerp working as a reproductive engraver for such well-known publishers as Christopher Plantin and Hieronymus Cock, while also producing a number of prints after his own inventions. His powerful engraving technique is characteristic of what is called the Antwerp style, the most important representatives of which included such engravers as Crispijn van den Broeck, Cornelis Cort and Philips Galle.

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