Because such a large number of drawings by Jacques Jordaens have survived, we know that his paintings were meticulously prepared. Ranging from sketchy crabbelingen (scribbles) to finished composition studies, they lead us through a design process, which was carefully managed by the artist and which was partially executed by the artist’s assistants.
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This magnificent drawing on parchment is truly a pleasure to behold. In fact, the richly decorated edging draws the eye away from the central subject: Seville seen from the north-west. Viewed as a whole, the picture can be regarded as a glorification of this city of commerce, in which every detail reveals part of its story.
Today, Maarten van Heemskerck as a draughtsman, is known in particular for his numerous designs for engravers and sketchbook drawings which depict antique ruins and sculptures he saw in Rome.
Rubens used this sketch to prepare a huge painting commissioned by the Duke of Mantua, Vicenzo Gonzaga (1562-1612).
Pieter Bruegel, Luxuria
Preparatory to the print in reverse by Pieter van der Heyden from 'The seven deadly sins' or 'The Vices' series edited by Hieronymus Cock.
Dese corte cronikel in dese rolle gescreven ofte gefigureert ...
Cornelius van Hoorn
"Gheprint by my Henrick van Borculo, anno 1586"
Postcard: 'Albert I., Roi des Belges'
Publisher: J. Vuillien
Call number: CAP - 1914-1918 - S.IV 10160 (Stacks - Print collection)