Antique Master Print-SAINT GUNTHER-HERMIT-DYING-LAST RITES-Kager-Sadeler-1615

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42. S. GUNTHERUS MONACH. ALTACH. ANACHORETA. – (Saint Gunther.). Saint Gunther is dying in his cave in the Bohemian forest, he is visited by teh Duke of Bohemia and the bishop of Prague and is receiving the last rites. Gunther (c. 955?1045) was a German (Bavarian) Catholic hermit and diplomat, who had quite important role in early history of Hungary and especially Bohemia, thanks to his good personal relationships to the rulers of those countries. In Czech, German and Hungarian settings is venerated as a saint although he never had been officially canonized. With an 8-line caption in Latin below the image.

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’42. S. GUNTHERUS MONACH. ALTACH. ANACHORETA.’

Copperplate engraving on hand laid (verge) paper. Watermark: Double headed eagle (not visible on every sheet).
Sheet size: 19,5 x 27,5 cm. (7,7 x 10,8 inch). Image size: 15 x 21,5 cm. (5,9 x 8,5 inch).

From ‘Bavaria Sancta …’, by Matth?us Rader, published in Munich. From the original first ed. published 1615 (vol.1), 1624 (vol.2) and 1627 (vol.3). Most plates from vol. 1. Plates were sold bound as such but also sold individually. Very scarse. This hagiography work was commissioned by Maximilian I (1598-1651) to memorize the holy dead and highlight the power of their relics and devotion as an attempt to rewrite Catholic hagiography in light of Humanist criticism and Counter Reformation. I was also a piece of propaganda to glorify Maximilian and his confessional, political and territorial ambitions. Ref: Brunet IV, 1085; Lentner II, 4095; De Backer VI ao. 1376-1377; H. 239-298, 299-342 (Sadeler I); H. 157-201 (Sadeler II).

Made by ‘Raphael Sadeler’ after ‘Johann Matthias Kager or Peter Candid’. Author: Matth?us Rader, a Jesuit from Tyrol, Professor of Rhetoric in Augsburg and later Munich. Engraved by Raphael Sadeler I (1560-1632) and his son Raphael Sadeler II (1584-1632) after Johann Matthias Kager (1566-1634) and Peter Candid.

Condition: Very good, given age. Small hole left margin, not affecting image. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.

Keywords: SAINT GUNTHER-HERMIT-DYING-LAST RITES-CAVE-BISHOP OF PRAGUE-DUKE=BOHEMIA

PCO-C32-40

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Dimensions 27 × 19 × 1 cm

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