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Antonio Tempesta, Ancients hunting Wild Sheep

Tempesta, Antonio (Florence 1555 – Rome 1630). Ancients on foot and mounted kill wild sheep (?; Schwerdt: goats) on an open place framed by palms and deciduous trees. In the foreground a mounted huntsman with bow and arrow letting go at the medium-sized robust hoofed animal, looking fearlessly at its enemy. Behind further huntsmen mostly on foot with both bows and javelins, circling another piece of game. Beyond an intermediate valley prominent mountain scenery. Etching by or for Claes Jansz. Visscher de Jonghe (1586 Amsterdam 1652). (1639.) 3⅞ × 5½ in (9.8 × 14 cm).

Schwerdt II, 251 (“proof impressions”). – On fine, wide-margined laid paper with coat-of-arms watermark.

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 “14” on the right below within the subject 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. – Contrary to most sheets of the set with but narrow platemark below.

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