This scarce original antique print shows the Roman God Mercury playing the flute. On the right Argus Panoptes or Argos and a cow. After Artus Quellinus’ reliefs and statues in the Amsterdam City Hall.
Engraving/etching. on verge (hand laid) paper.
Sheet size: 25,5 x 39 cm. Image size: 20,5 x 28,6 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 tiny spots. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.