Johann Elias Ridinger, Self-portrait

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Half-length self-portrait from front. Sitting in a window-frame before pulled up curtain in the studio at the lamp over the sketch book lying on rich cover, with the pencil in the propped up right. To the left the drawing closet with globe, behind shelf full of folios, on it sculptures. Mezzotint by Johann Jacob Ridinger (1736 Augsburg 1784). Inscribed: Jean Elie Ridinger inv. et del. / Dedié à Monsieur Jean Elie Ridinger Peintre et Graveur et Directeur de l’Académie d’Augsbourg. Gravè par son tres humble et obéissant fils Jean Jaq. Ridinger. An. 1767. 15⅜ × 10½ in (39.2 × 26.6 cm).

Thienemann XXI, 3; Schwarz 5; Coppenrath Collection II (1889), 1448; Helbing XXXIV (1900), 4; Schwerdt III (1928), 133; Rosenthal 126 (1940), 444; Ridinger Catalogue Darmstadt (1999) I.3 with ills.; Siebert-Weitz, Ridinger (1999), ills. 1; Niemeyer, (The Vanitas Symbolism with Joh. El. R.) in L’Art Macabre 2 (2001), 94 ff.

Marvelous copy in regard of impression and condition – with 18⅛ × 12⅛ in (46 × 30.7 cm) subject size even more luxuriously than that of Schwerdt (17¼ × 11¾ in [43.8 × 29.9 cm]) with together harmoniously proportioned margins of 2-2.3 cm at three sides + 4.3 cm below – as of highest desire for the rare and delicate velvety mezzotints (Sandrart 1675: “50 or 60 … clean impressions”) of the most important one of the graphic self-portraits. – Typographic watermark. – So perfect as here of highest rareness.

Offer no. 15,184 / sold

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