Nicolaus – This original antique print depicts Nicholas. Nicolaism (also Nicholaism, Nicolationism, or Nicolaitanism) is a Christian heresy, first mentioned (twice) in the Book of Revelation of the New Testament, whose adherents were called Nicolaitans, Nicolaitanes, or Nicolaites. Hippolytus of Rome states that the deacon Nicolas was the author of the heresy and the sect. The Seven Deacons were leaders elected by the Early Christian church to minister to the people of Jerusalem. Nicholas, described in Acts as a convert to Judaism, was not remembered fondly by some early writers. According to Irenaeus’ Adversus Haereses, the Nicolaitanes, a heretical sect condemned as early as the Book of Revelation, took their name from the deacon.

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Engraving/etching on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 19,7 x 31,5 cm. (7,8 x 12,4 inch). Image size: 15,7 x 27 cm. (6,2 x 10,6 inch).

This scarce print originates from: ‘Historie der Kerken en Ketteren van den beginne des Nieuwen Testaments tot aan het Jaar onses Heeren 1688. […]’ (transl.: History of Churches and Heretics from the start of the New Testament until the year of our lord 1688 …), by Godfried Arnold, Dutch edition published by Sebastiaan Petzold, Amsterdam 1701. This edition contains portraits of heretic figures, etched by the reknown Romeyn de Hooghe.

Made by R. De Hooghe after Arnold. Romeyn de Hooghe (1645-1708) was an important and prolific late Dutch Baroque engraver and caricaturist. De Hooghe was skilled as an etcher, draughtsman, painter, sculptor and medalist. He is best known for political caricatures of Louis XIV and propagandistic prints supporting William of Orange. During his career, de Hooghe produced over 3500 prints. He also illustrated books, and his illustrations can be found in some of the most important texts of his period. Author: Gottfried Arnold (pseud. Christophorus Irenaeus) (1666-1714) was an important German Lutheran theologian and historian.

Condition: Good, given age. A few printers’s creases. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.



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Dimensions 19 × 19 × 1 cm


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