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Flemish School, 16th Century
Emperor Charles V inspecting the building of Escorial, close to Madrid
AN UTTERLY UNIQUE DRAWING OF HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR CHARLES V AT ESCORIAL Inscription: 'Brixiae' et 'Carolus Puteus Hoc Opus Calamo Fecit./ Carolus innumeris redimitus tempora lauris,/Bellorum vitat fremitus atque otia querit./ Sacros monasterii: Sic bello strennuus HEROS: Deseruit terras, tradens sua regna PHILIPPO' et numerate '8' Pen and brown ink, on parchment Parchment size: approx. 7 1/10" x 8 9/10" Framed size: approx. 16 3/5" x 18 1/10" This is an extraordinary and utterly unique drawing of Emperor Charles V (1519-1558), produced by an unknown member of the Flemish School during the sixteenth century. This drawing is based on a composition painted by Antonio Tempesta (1555-1563) at Palazzo Mattei in Rome. It likely served as the basis of the eighth and final engraving included in Mattaus Merian's (1593-1650), father of legendary naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), 1615 work dedicated to the life of Charles V. The artist to whom the inscription refers, "Carolus Puteus," is unknown today, but scholars have suggested that he is of the family of the gifted painter and miniaturist Thomas van den Putte (1532-1608). The scene represented in the drawing, however, is not a historical event, since the construction of Escorial did not commence until five years after Charles V's death. The drawing depicts Charles V overseeing the building of the famed Spanish monastery and palace. Decked out in full Classical garb, his chiseled musculature exposed, Charles V gives feedback to an architect holding a blueprint of Escorial's legendary basil … [Click Below for Full Description]
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