Rare Antique Master Print-KING SOLOMON-QUEEN OF SHEBA-Heemskerck-Nobili-c.1584



Cleopatra ephesum appulsa (?) – This rare print shows King Solomon while the Queen of Sheba kneeling in front of his throne. Servants and soldiers next to the King. Behind the Queen women and men carrying gifts. The text on the print mistakenly identifies the subject Cleopatra bringing presents to Marc Anthony (source: the Met).

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‘Cleopatra ephesum appulsa (?)’

Engraving on hand laid (verge) paper. Watermark: Coat of arms with star, arrow and letter M (Italian)..
Sheet size: 37 x 25 cm. (14,6 x 9,8 inch). Image size: 37 x 25 cm. (14,6 x 9,8 inch).

Probably also published by de Nobili in Rome. Ref: Hollstein V:65:38; Kerrich, p.224 (copy of Heemskerck)

Made by ‘Petri de Nobilibus / Pietro de’ Nobili’ after ‘Maarten van Heemskerck’. Gianpietro / Pietro de Nobili (active: 1568-1586) was an Italian print maker and dealer, active in Rome. He acquired the Lafreri stock, through Duchetti and from Paolo Graziani in 1585 (shortly together with Peter Sprangher, who he then bought out). (Source: Valeria Pagani in Print Quarterly, december 2008). Maarten van Heemskerck (1498-1574) was a Dutch painter from Haarlem.

Condition: Good, given age. A few stains, mostly visible on rear. Trimmed to image. Slight paper loss in some corners. Small wormhole at bottom left. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.



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Dimensions 25 × 37 × 1 cm


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