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This drawing and another, the
Study of a Standing Man Putting on a Hat, were auctioned as works by Gerrit Berckheyde (1638-1698).
One scene described in the Book of Genesis that is often the subject of illustrations is Lot drinking wine and being seduced by his two daughters.
The striking pen strokes of this turbulent illustration of the abduction of Helen, which was to trigger the Trojan War, are sketched over the initial lines executed in red chalk.
This episode from Christ’s early life was a very popular subject. Nonetheless, Rottenhammer has managed to give an exceedingly personal and original take on the scene, despite using the familiar ingredients. Ca. 1595.
This impressive drawing of an elaborately decorated triumphal arch is signed at the bottom:
G. Maes Inv. et del. Godfried Maes, an artist from Antwerp.
This prolific painter, who had mastered all the genres of his art, was the head of the local Academy for a decade (1765-1775).
This drawing probably has a twofold use: as it is a detailed study for a painting, it may also have served to present a draft of the commissioned work to the client.
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.
Remarkably, this drawing has a signature in the lower right-hand corner, which has faded over time.
This fish is described as a cruyck vis here, but we are more familiar with the name lumpfish. Another name for it is lumpsucker, which refers to the pelvic fins that evolved into suction pads, used by the fish to anchor itself to the sea bed.
Hieronymus Cock, Bruegel’s publisher, commissioned the artist to create this pen and ink drawing, executed in meticulous detail, for a series of prints called The Seven Virtues.
The Brussels codex is considered as the oldest illustrated manuscript in the Dutch language.