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Pietersz: Flight into Egypt

Price: $75,000 / £48,000 / €57,000

Dimensions: H: 8.375" (21.3cm)   W: 10.3125" (26.2cm)   

GERRIT PIETERSZ. Amsterdam 1566 - before 1616 (?) Amsterdam


The Rest on the Flight to Egypt.

Etching; 1593. Hollstein 4, the second state of two. Watermark: Coat of Arms with a lion, similar to Briquet 1989 (datable Brunswick 1596).


A superb impression of this extremely rare etching in exceptionally fresh condition; a single wormhole upper left center of the image. With 10 to 15 mm margins all around. The finest impression of this sought-after Mannerist work to surface in recent years.


Pietersz. was the brother of the famous organist and composer Jan Pietersz., known as Sweelinck. After studying for several years with Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem he worked as an independent master and by 1594/95 traveled to Rome. By the last year of the century he was again in Amsterdam where one of his pupils was Pieter Lastman.


The group of etchings executed by Pietersz. is all exceedingly rare. Their medium of etching is, at this time, also very unusual. In this respect their closest parallel is with the etchings of Bartholomaeus Spranger, and like those of Spranger, they were experiments printed in very small numbers. Although Pietersz. s etchings have little of the linear austerity of Spranger s (and did not attempt it), they are far richer in compositional bravura and use of detail. The daring suppression of facial detail in the figures of Joseph and the Madonna creates a sense of deep intimacy and spiritual concentration. In contrast Spranger s figures, memorable as they may be, are in effect studies, rather than the fully realized dramatic images here.


212 x 262 mm. 8 3/8 x 10 5/16 inches