Antonio Tempesta, Deer Hunt behind Screen

Tempesta, Antonio (Florence 1555 – Rome 1630). Deer Shooting behind Screen. In charmingly wooded hilly landscape as social event with the owner of the hunt front left, with the arm around his lady with interesting parasol. The actual hunt in the middle distance, where one hunter armed with long gun each stalks up to the unsuspectingly grazing deer behind the screen of a cattle head with bell worn by a servant. In the background further chase on horseback and with javelins. Etching by or for Claes Jansz. Visscher de Jonghe (1586 Amsterdam 1652). (1639.) 4¼ × 5⅜ in (10.9 × 13.8 cm).

Schwerdt II, 251 (“proof impressions”). – On fine, wide-margined laid paper with typographic watermark as presumably countermark to the coat-of-arms watermark of several further sheets of the set present here.

Highly instructive and also painterly sheet

from the second part of the 32-sheet set of the Aucupationis Multifariæ Effegies Artificiosissimé depictæ et inventæ ab Antonio Tempesta FlorentinoAugsburger Zeichen und Wappen and present here as with Schwerdt in

early impression before the letter

with just the number “10” on the right in the wide white lower platemark from 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 van Sichem “about 1550 – 1600 / Delft – Augsburg” in pencil.

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