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A Man of War Between Two Armed Galleys (1st State), 1565
Engraving by Frans Huys (Antwerp 1522 – 1562 Antwerp)
226 x 294 mm.; 8 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches
Bastelaer 107 I/II
Lebeer 50 I/II
Hollstein 107 I/II
Orenstein (Peter Bruegel the Elder Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2001) no. 93
A very fine impression of the rare 1st state (of three), before the addition of Galle’s address. With small margins, trimmed just to platemark at upper right corner.
The engravings after Pieter Bruegel have been receiving increasing attention in recent assessments of mid-sixteenth century printmaking. As Orenstein and other recent art historians have indicated, Bruegel’s participation in these engravings was more extensive than had been perceived in the past. Bruegel prepared drawings and even paintings to be eventually engraved. The prints after Bruegel were often the end objective of the preliminary drawings and paintings of the artist. Bruegel thus often was looking over the shoulders of the printmakers who were interpreting his earlier drawings and paintings.