Tempesta, Antonio (Florence 1555 – Rome 1630). Lion Hunt with Nets & Firebrands, afterwards with javelins, on foot and on horseback, armed with shields. Etching for Pieter Goos (Amsterdam 1616 – 1675) in Amsterdam. C. 1627. 3⅝ × 5¾ in (9.2 × 14.7 cm).
Schwerdt II, 253. – On fine, wide-margined laid paper with watermark Amsterdam Arms flanked by Lions.
Highly instructive and also painterly sheet
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 “8” 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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