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Antonio Tempesta, Serpent Hunt

Tempesta, Antonio (Florence 1555 – Rome 1630). Serpent destroyed by Fire and Clubs. In front five natives attack four animals with the attributes of dragons – actually supposedly pythons. In the background a fifth one devours an antelope, while a sixth wound around a tree craves for a group of further two-horns standing in water. Etching for Pieter Goos (Amsterdam 1616 – 1675) in Amsterdam. C. 1627. 3⅝ × 5⅞ in (9.3 × 14.8 cm).

Schwerdt II, 253. – On fine, wide-margined laid paper with watermark Amsterdam Arms flanked by Lions.

Highly  instructive  and  also  painterly  sheet ,

transferring the reports on foreign countries to the European imagination as they were published as sets of 27 (Latin) and 25 parts (German) resp. by the de Brys in Frankfort between 1590 & 1630/34.

From the first part of the four-part set of the Venationes Ferarum, Avium, Piscium pugnæ Bestiariorum et mutuæ Bestianrum delineatæ ab Antonio Tempesta, consisting of 40 plates in total. The title plate aside, with Schwerdt only the first plates each of the following three parts bear the inscription “A. Tempest inventor / P. Goos excudebat”. Nevertheless the wide white lower platemark with just the number “6” on the right suggests

early  impressions  before  the  letter

as known, too, for the set Aucupationis Multifariæ Effegies Artificiosissimé published 1639 by Claes Jansz. Visscher de Jonghe (1586 Amsterdam 1652) and there expressly qualified by Schwerdt as “proof impressions”. – Here present in the copy of the collection “EK” not identified by Lugt with its small black round monogram stamp on the back (ligated, Lugt 3549, drawings and prints of the 17th to 19th centuries) as well as erroneous attribution to (Christoffel) v. Sichem – elsewhere complemented by “about 1550 – 1600 / Delft – Augsburg” – in pencil.

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