Landscapes

Venice, 1599

£3,400

8 intaglio landscape engravings on thick laid paper, brief verses of Alciati in italics beneath. Slightly dusty in borders, a couple of small wormholes affecting blank margin only. A very good, uncropped copy in quarter calf over green cloth boards.

ROCKY LANDSCAPE WITH ANTIQUE BUILDINGS
The remains of an ancient temple, incongruously containing a sphinx, appear before a river, city, and mountainous landscape, in the foreground youths wrestle next to a Classical facade, a fine dolphin fountain gurgles behind.
Bartsch 7001.524

RIVER LANDSCAPE WITH THREE NAKED MEN AND A DOG
Pausing briefly from their labours, some huntsmen laze in the dappled shadows beside a river.
525

RIVER LANDSCAPE WITH MYTHOLOGICAL SCENE
A man prays on his knees against a striking vista of rolling hills, convoys and a city.
526

LANDSCAPE WITH COUPLE THREATENED BY DEATH AND CUPID
AIn the centre of a pastoral idyll, a balding and bearded man presses his suit upon a young lady in a bonnet. Above, Cupid flies, arrow primed for the kill, in the shadow of nearby trees a skeletal Death is similarly primed…
527

LANDSCAPE WITH DEATH AND CUPID
A sky-filled scene sees Death stowing away his arrows, Cupid’s youthful form struck down and controted on the ground behind him, quiver cast asunder.
521

LANDSCAPE WITH HUNTER AIMING BOW AT BIRD
While workers toil in the fields and a caravan pushes its way slowly through a river, a young man seizes a small bow, and takes aim at the dim silhouette of a bird flying overhead.
519

ROCKY LANDSCAPE WITH A TOWN IN THE BACKGROUND
A herd of swine galumph, distracting a passing mule in a nosebag, who is driven on his way by a man brandishing a whip. A tranquil city soars behind.
528

PEASANTS ADMIRING ISIS ON A DONKEY
A fine city, before which the altar of Isis is transported on the back of a donkey, which lows as it is beaten. Peasants doff their hats and genuflect.

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