Aegidius Sadeler II Netherlandish
After Hans von Aachen German
After Joris Hoefnagel Netherlandish

Not on view

This engraving belongs to a series, Salus generis humani (Salvation of Mankind), depicting thirteen scenes from the life of Christ (see 51.501.6467(1-13)). Aegidius Sadeler II based his engraving of the scene at the center on a drawing by Hans von Aachen. The allegorical border is based on designs by Joris Hoefnagel.

This impression has been hand-colored by an unknown artist with opaque watercolor, gold, and now-tarnished silver. The carefully applied watercolor reinforces the underlying engraved desgin (see 51.501.6467(4)), adding depth and emphasizing lighting and contour. At least two other prints with similar coloring from the same series survive, one in The Met's collection (see 17.3.3286).[1] These other surviving sheets suggest that the series may have been colored and preserved as a set.

- Olivia Dill, May 23, 2023

[1] See Susan Dackerman, "Painted Prints in Germany and the Netherlands," in Painted Prints: The Revelation of Color in Northern Renaissance and Baroque Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press and Baltimore: Baltimore Museum of Art, 2002), pp. 33-35, which briefly discusses the hand-coloring of this series and reproduces one of the other hand-colored sheets.

Circumcision, Aegidius Sadeler II (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1568–1629 Prague), Hand-colored engraving

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