蚀刻 - 签名图片 - 1622
|艺术家:||Matthäus Merian the Elder ( 1593--1650 )|
|作品名称:||Spring, th"e pleasant season|
|图片尺寸（厘米）:||26,50 x 37,50 cm|
26,50 x 37,50 cm trimmed on borderline, but with the Latin text in three columns.
A very good impression on nice laid paper with a shield watermark. Collection stamp on the backside (Lugt.4807)
Restoration with redrawn area bottom left and closed vertical tear central left.
Spring, with the activities of the months March, April and May.
Garden scenes, music play, farming and feasting, surely a pleasant season.
After a painting by Sebastiaan Vranckx ( Flemish; 1573 - 1647)
Merian's "The Four Seasons" series was printed twice: a German edition in 1622 (Hollstein 525-528) with in the lower margin three columns with the names of the months and three lines verses in each column, and a Latin edition in the same year (Hollstein 529-532) in which signs of the Planets and the Zodiac were added. This print is from the Latin edition.
The first state of this Latin edition was published by Baltasar Caymox at Nuremberg, between 1622 and 1635. The second state was published by Paulus Füst at Nuremberg, between 1635 and 1666. This print is from the second state.
Cycles of the months, seasons, senses, are a specifically Northern contribution to the history of European printmaking. Northern artists delighted in the close observation of nature and the portrayal in detail of the activities and trappings of everyday life, in a climate that leant itself to flower gardening, and where the unreliable weather was a constant concern in a largely agricultural economy.
Matthäus Merian the Elder (1593-1650) - Swiss School
Born in Basel. Painter and engraver. Ppil from Dieter Mayer in Zurich , he went to Nancy adn met Callot. In 1617 employed by Theodore De Bry . In 1618 settled in Frankfurt where many of his refined work was made. In 1620 back to Basel, three years later in Frankfurt, where Merian took over the publishing house of his father-in-law after de Bry's death in 1623.
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