Publisher: Claes Jansz. Visscher (Dutch, Amsterdam 1586–1652 Amsterdam)
Artist: After Hertzog von Brin (German (active in Vienna, late 16th-early 17th century))
Date: ca. 1620
Dimensions: Plate: 2 x 1 9/16 in. (5.1 x 4 cm)
Classifications: Prints, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line: The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1956
Accession Number: 56.500.114
The Dutch print publisher Claes Jansz. Visscher collected various samples of blackwork prints from all over Europe and published them together as one series. This particular print is a copy in reverse after Hertzog von Brin, an artist who worked at the Viennese court. He is mainly known through his ornament prints which all relate to the goldsmiths trade. The print shows an oval design decorated with small motifs, predominantly recognizable as birds, insects and fruits. The design was most likely meant as a model for the outer decoration of a pendant or watch case.