Rare Antique Print – Cimon and Pero [Hans Sebald Beham, 1544]

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Cimon and Pero. When the aged Cimon was forced to starve in prison before his execution, his devoted daughter Pero secretly visited her father to nourish him at her own breast. In his Memorable Acts and Sayings of the Ancient Romans, the ancient Roman historian Valerius Maximus presented Pero’s selfless devotion as the highest example of honoring one’s parent. (Source: J. Paul Getty Museum)

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Cimon and Pero

Engraving on hand laid (verge type) paper.
Sheet size: 4,8 x 7,1 cm. Image size: 4,7 x 7,1 cm.

Source unknown, to be determined. Ref: Bartsch 74; Pauli-Hollstein, II, 78 Provenance: Ex-collection H.C. Valkema Blouw (Lugt 2505)

Made by Hans Sebald Beham after an an engraving by his brother Barthel Beham.

Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550) was a German painter, engraver and draftsman from Neurenberg. He died in Frankfurt. Little is known about his early training, but he later was a pupil of Dürer and was influenced by Altdorfer and Holbein. In 1525 he had a workshop in Neurenberg, but in January of the same year he was expelled together with his brother Barthel Beham (1502-1540) and Georg Pencs from Neurenberg accused of blasfemia, heraldry and not recognizing the authority of the city council. The three ‘god-less’ artists moved to Italy, but could return soon after they had become Lutherans. In 1528 he had to flee again because of a conflict about the pornographic character of part of his work. He then worked in several German cities. He is considered one of the most outstanding artist of the Neurenberg miniaturists. He made small very detailed engravings. His large oeuvre contains  252 engravings, 18 etchings and c. 1800 woodcuts, many of these illustrations in books. For Cardinal Albrecht van Brandenburg he painted a table top in 1543, which is in the Louvre. He engraved mythological, old testament, genre and historic scenes. His woodcut of the ‘Village Fair’ inspired Breughel the elder for his famous farmer / village scenes. And he has a reputation for his erotic scenes. Later in his career he concentrated on re-interpreting work by Dürer and his brother Barthel. He married twice: first with an Anna and in 1549 with Elizabeth Wolf, daughter of a shoe maker from Büdingen. He died a year later.

Barthel Beham (1502-1540) was the brother of Hans Sebald (1500-1550) and was a German painter, engraver and draftsman from Neurenberg.  He died in Bologna at the age of 38. In January 1525 he was expelled together with his brother Hans Sebald Beham and Georg Pencs from Neurenberg accused of blasfemia, heraldry and not recognizing the authority of the city council. The three ‘god-less’ artists moved to Italy, but could return soon after they had become Lutherans. He is considered one of the most outstanding artist of the Neurenberg miniaturists. Barthel Beham was first trained by his older brother Hans Sebald Beham and probably Albrecht Dürer. In 1525 he worked for the court of Wilhelm IV in Münich which allowed hi mto study painting in Italy. He made many outstanding portraits and painted historic and mythological subjects.

Condition: Very good, given age. Trimmed close to image as is common. Some thin paper spots, partly backed at bottom. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.

Keywords: CIMON AND PERO-PARENT-DAUGHTER

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Dimensions 4 × 4 × 1 cm

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