(Depiction of the first stone of the Amsterdam town Hall.) This scarce original antique print shows the first ‘Town Virgin’ (Stedenmaagd)of Amsterdam holding the coat of arms of the city of Amsterdam, flanked by lions and more coats of arms. Two rivergods in the lower left and right. After Artus Quellinus’ statues in the Amsterdam City Hall.
Engraving/etching. on verge (hand laid) paper.
Sheet size: 39,8 x 50,6 cm. Image size: 30,8 x 42,3 cm.
From: ‘Architecture, peinture et sculpture de la Maison de Ville d’Amsterdam, representee en CIX figures en taille-douce (…), scarse ed. published in Amsterdam by Gerard valk, 1719.
Made by Hubertus Quellinus after Artus Quellinus. Hubertus Quellinus or Hubert Quellinus (August 15, 1619, Antwerp – 1687) was a Flemish printmaker, draughtsman and painter and a member of the prominent Quellinus family of artists. His engravings after the work of his brother, the Baroque sculptor Artus Quellinus the Elder, were instrumental in the spread of the Flemish Baroque idiom in Europe in the second half of the 17th century. Artus Quellinus also known as Artus (Arnoldus) Quellijn, Artus Quellinus I or Artus Quellinus the Elder (30 August 1609, Antwerp – 23 August 1668, Antwerp) was a Flemish sculptor. He is regarded as the most important representative of the Baroque in sculpture in the Southern Netherlands. His work had a major influence on the development of sculpture in Northern Europe.
Condition: Good, given age. A few minor crinkles. Paper separation left and right middle fold; backed. Small tear right of image near middle fold; neatly repaired. Original middle fold as issued. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.