Antique Portrait Print-VESPASIAN-ROMAN EMPEROR-Jegher-Goltzius-1645



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Original chiarusco woodcut (with brown tone) combined with a line etching, on a verge type handlaid paper. Additional front and rear bookprint text. on paper.

Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 21 x 28.5 cm. The image size is ca. 18 x 26.5 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 8.3 x 11.2 inch. The image size is ca. 7.1 x 10.4 inch.

Antique print, number X. It is titled: ‘Imp Caes Vespasian Avg P M Tr P P P Cos II’ and it shows Vespasian (Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, 9-79 AD), the ninth Emperor of the Roman Empire. He founded the Flavian dynasty that ruled the empire for 27 years. This original print originates from an edition of Hubert Goltzius’ ‘Icones Imperatorum Romanorum’ (this edition published in Antwerp by Balthasar Moretus ca. 1645). The first edition of this work was published between 1557 and 1560 in Antwerp by J. Coppens van Diest. Given the appearance of eg. Rudolph II in this edition, some portraits were added after Goltzius’ time in later editions.Artists and Engravers: Hubert Goltzius is often credited with etching the portraits. Christoffel Jegher made the woodcuts. Christoffel Jegher (1596-1652/3) was a wood engraver born at Antwerp. He worked for Rubens from 1627, and is probably a pupil of Christoffel van Sichem. Hubert Goltzius (1526-1583) was a Dutch humanist author, antiquarian and numismatist. He was born in Venlo, and studied under Lambert Lombard in Liege and later in Antwerp. He settled in Bruges in 1558, and starts publishing several works on ancient numismatics.

Condition: Good, given age. Left edge dampstained, creases in the bottom right corner, colouring minimally faded in the bottom of the image. Small dark stains in the image. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling.


(PCO) A264-05

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