Goyen, Jan van (Leiden 1586 – The Hague 1656). The Capuchin Monastery at the Canal. In front two fishing boats with struck sail laid up on the bank, the crews of several heads of which occupied instructively. A third one with lugger rig in the midst of the water. From the hilly opposite bank a supposedly further church with truncated steeple greets, and from the distance of the horizon a full-rigged ship. Front left, however, two friars under their nicely drawn pointed cowls, one of which with rosary, yelped at by a cur. Two brethren sitting under a canopy in the sun, to the right of them a grindstone, headed for by a packed boatsman. From the church roof above an additional little pointed steeple a stork is on lookout on an artificially supported nest, though in the wrong direction. For the partner flies along from the water, just as in further distance three more large-winged ones. Finally a supposed kestrel on a boom off the church tower. Engraving/etching by Jan de Visscher (Amsterdam about 1636 – after 1692). Inscribed: I: van Goyen inventor. / I: de Visscher fecit. / 5. 4⅞ × 8 in (12.4 × 20.4 cm).
Wessely 63; Le Blanc 58. – Cf. Beck, van Goyen, Zeichnungen 859c. – Plate 5 after lost design to the equal-sized 12-sheet “exquisitely fine suite” (Weigel 947, 1838) of canal + village landscapes “Regiunculae amoenissimae eleganter delineatae” worked in reverse after van Goyen (Nagler 62; Wurzbach 60, both Visscher), whose “bearing for Dutch landscape painting of the 17th century, his standing as artist … (are) that known they shall not be subject of this book” (Beck I, 1972, p. 11). And Visscher himself “supplied … highly valuable sheets, either working with just the needle or combined with the chisel” (Nagler 1850).
Several feeble little fox spots barely perceptible on the front, otherwise impeccable with margin of 2-3 mm round about the itself fine white platemark. – With foolscap watermark, as especially desired, here with three lateral bells each and also three at the extended boom of the 4.
Monastic-thematically comparatively early representation as the order was founded in Italy in 1525 only as a branch of the Order of St. Francis with together the most rigid rule among all the congregations. Its spread occurred slowly only, so 1573 to France, 1592 to Germany and only since 1619 own generals were appointed. “Ridiculed as burlesque popular preachers (Capuchin sermons!) … and skilled beggars” (Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., IX, 497), the yapping dog here therefore suggestively staged.
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