With the Eagle as Revelation of Creation

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). S. John. The evangelist in plate-filling figure before heroic landscape, looking up to the right, pointing with the left at the book both held by the right and supported on a boulder, to the right at his feet the eagle as the belonging to cherub symbol. Mezzotint. Inscribed: Iohann Elias Ridinger sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above. 20⅛ × 14¾ in (51 × 37.5 cm).


Counts Faber-Castell

their Ridinger sale 1958
with its lot no. 106
on the underlay carton

Radulf Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen


Thienemann + Schwarz 1264; Counts Faber-Castell (1958) 106. – Not in Weigel, Art Stock Catalog I-XXVIII (1838/57) , Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX (1885) , Coppenrath Collection (1889 f.), Reich auf Biehla (1894) , Gg. Hamminger (1895) , Helbing XXXIV (Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger; 1900) , Rosenthal, Ridinger list 126 (1940).

First State

Johann Elias Ridinger, St. John

before the more elliptic gloriole and the “No. 15” below the title as marks of the retouched plate (Schwarz 1264a) in very fine impression of vibrant chiaroscuro.

The final sheet of the completely extremely rare 4-sheet set of the evangelists of which also Faber-Castell had but 3 sheets, and count Radulf only 2 sheets (his S. Matthew available here). – With partially slightly (on the back somewhat more) stained margins of 5 (below) up to 10 mm round about, in this upper right written “40” in brown ink. – Smoothed horizontal centerfold and vertical trace of glue, both visible on the back only. Isolated, mostly backed and retouched pin(head)-fine tiny holes in the margin parts, only one slighlty larger one left of the head negligibly perceptible.

THE FINE MOTIF with the eagle represented in active great supportive pose as one of the four (Ezekiel) cherubim as

“ Symbol(s) of the creation worshipping and praising God ,

in which God reveals himself …

“ In the bible the cherubim appear as guardians of the paradise after the fall of man … while … in Christian art (they) developed into attributes of the four evangelists ”

(Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., III, 999/2).

Of proven rarity as generally preprogrammed for according to expert Sandrart (1675) the technically conditioned extremely fast wearing off mezzotint plate permits 50-60 good impressions only.

Correspondingly already in 1856 Thienemann, pages VIII & 270 :

“ The mezzotints are almost not available in the trade anymore

… all worked by and after Joh. El. Ridinger (are) that rare that they are to be found almost only in some public, grand print rooms. I have come across most of the described ones only in the famous print room at Dresden … ”

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