Saint John. First State. 1562. From the series “The Four Evangelists.” Hollstein 305.1 Original conceptual artist, Maarten van Heemskerck (signature). Engraver, Philips Galle (signature). Publisher, Hieronymus Cock (signature). Image cut just outside the plate 8.75″ x 6″; tape remnants on reverse due to prior framing. Clean and sharp impression, albeit scattered light foxing throughout (see pics). A delightful, iconic depiction of St. John with his Gospel in hand and a large symbolic eagle. [This image, but with St. John’s Gospel facing us, was modeled on the smaller iconic engraving by Heinrich Aldegrever, after Georg Pencz (1539). The image, broadly speaking, has become embedded in the imagination ever since.]
Engraving and COA set in a museum-quality Bifold Portfolio, of linen cloth and silk moire, within archival sleeves; COA on premium “gold-leaf paper” with gold seal and signature.