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The Parable of the Prodigal Son, c. 1540
Engravings: set of four
58 x 93 mm.; 2 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches
S. S. Scheikevitch (Lugt 2367)
Hollstein 33 IV/V; Bartsch 31
Hollstein 34; Bartsch 32
Hollstein 35; Bartsch 33
Hollstein 36 III/IV; Bartsch 34
Fine, well-contrasted, early impressions of this famous series. Margins close. In good condition.
The former owner of this work was Samuel Solomonovitch Scheikevitch (1842 – 1908) who was a lawyer in Moscow and Paris. In addition to being one of the major collectors of Old Master prints and drawings, he also published several scholarly articles in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
It is said that in his youth, Hans-Sebald Beham received advice on art from Dürer. Like Dürer, Beham produced both engravings and woodcuts. Already by the age of nineteen, Beham began producing engravings. He lived and worked in Dürer’s hometown of Nürnberg until he was exiled for heresy in 1525. According to H. S. B. Sandart, Beham lived a life of debauchery. The importance of Beham’s oeuvre, the high style of his engravings in particular with the force of their expression would appear to contradict Sandart’s assertions.