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Jan Wierix
LE CALVAIRE
JAN WIERIX ; THE CALVARY ; PEN AND BROWN INK ON VELLUM ; SIGNED AT THE LOWER MARGIN IN THE CENTRE: IOHAN WIERICX INVENTOR
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 EUR
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Jan Wierix
LE CALVAIRE
JAN WIERIX ; THE CALVARY ; PEN AND BROWN INK ON VELLUM ; SIGNED AT THE LOWER MARGIN IN THE CENTRE: IOHAN WIERICX INVENTOR
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 EUR
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Details & Cataloguing

Bacri frères Antiquaires, Paris – Collection Jacques Bacri

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Jan Wierix
ANVERS 1549 - 1620 BRUXELLES
LE CALVAIRE
JAN WIERIX ; THE CALVARY ; PEN AND BROWN INK ON VELLUM ; SIGNED AT THE LOWER MARGIN IN THE CENTRE: IOHAN WIERICX INVENTOR
Signé au centre en bas dans la marge IOHAN WIERICX INVENTOR
Plume et encre brune sur vélin
220 x 344 mm ; 8 7/8 by 13 1/2 in
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Provenance

Johann Willem Nahl (L. 1954) ;
Vente Paris Hôtel Drouot, 27 novembre 1950, n°24

Literature

Z. van Ruyven-Zeman, "'Stuckxken met de penne': Drawings by the Engraver Johannes Wierix", Master Drawings, vol. XLII, no 3, 2004, p. 255, no 41

Catalogue Note

Though Johannes Wierix came from an illustrious Antwerp printmaking family, and was himself active in that medium, it is as a draughtsman rather than an engraver that his artistic achievements are the most notable.1  Wierix has left a corpus of some 250 fine drawings, in a number of cases repeating the same subjects, all executed in a very minute, engraving-like style, in the rather fugitive technique of brown ink on vellum.  The great majority of these drawings are, however, on a much smaller scale than this imposing and remarkably well preserved sheet.  All the artist’s other known works on this grandiose scale – such as the Diana and Actaeon, in the British Museum, the Fall of Man in the Hermitage, the St. Mary Magdalene, in Rotterdam2, or the other large interpretation of the subject seen here, in Antwerp3 – are by now in museum collections, and no drawing by Wierix of comparable size, quality or importance has appeared on the market in modern times.  

 

1 For an overview of the artist’s drawn work, see Van Ruyven-Zeman, op. cit., pp. 237-257

2 Van Ruyven-Zeman, op. cit., figs. 1, 6 and 13

3 A.J.J. Delen, Antwerp, Stedelijk Prentenkabinet, Catalogue des dessins anciens, Bruxelles 1938, no. 120

Bacri frères Antiquaires, Paris – Collection Jacques Bacri

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