The Descent from the Cross
engraving, circa 1645-1670, on laid paper, watermark Name of Jesus (similar to Heawood 2959), a fine and atmospheric impression of this rare print, the only state, printing with inky plate edges in places
Plate 570 x 432 mm.
Sheet 586 x 440 mm.
With Colnaghi & Co., London; their catalogue, Rubens and his Engravers ,1977, no. 32.
Eric G. Stanley (1923-2018), Oxford; acquired from the above.
Hollstein 8
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This print by the Antwerp engraver Peeter Clouwet (or Pieter Clouet) is based on Rubens' altar painting, created around 1617 for the high altar of the Capuchin monastery in Lille. The painting is today in the city's Palais des Beaux-Arts. Clouwet followed Rubens' composition quite closely and only allowed a few small changes, such as the omission of the elderly woman standing in the left foreground.
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