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Wael, Jean Baptist de (1632-after 1669), Enden, Martinus (Maarten) van den I (1605-1654/74) after Wael, Cornelis de (1592-1667)
[Antique etchings complete set]The Parable of the Prodigal Son (set of five plates), 1658.
"Five beautiful etchings depicting the Parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11–32). All the scenes take place in the open air, allowing the artist to invent architectures inspired to Italian buildings and landscapes from the same period. Plates 1 and 2 have the same provenance, whereas the other three do not show any collectors' marks. Two prints from the set (1st and 3rd) were signed by the nephew of the artist, Jean Baptist de WaelPlate 1: The Prodigal Son leaving his Father's House [Luke 15:13]. A young man about to mount a horse in front of a large house at centre, while an elderly man addresses him, other family-members behind the pair, two horsemen waiting at left; second state with lettering below: 'Cornelis de Wael invenit / Martinus van den Enden excud'. On verso light trace of Malenza's mark, other notes in pencil and an unidentified mark.Plate 2: The prodigal son in a garden along with other young men and women, making marry, eating, drinking making music and dancing. On the right a fountain, on the left a group of musicians and a descending garden towards the background. On verso collector's mark of Pietro Malenza (L.2101), dating 1860. Possibly, at least these two impressions were sold in the third auction of his collection, in 1867: 26th March and following days. ""Estampes anciennes de l'école des Pays-Bas. 1577 nos. Plus haut prix 120 Rth. pour la Pièce de cent florins de Rembrandt."" [cfr.: Fondation Custodia].Plate 3: the Prodigal Son is chased out of the brothel by a group of women and some men. On the right two men are leaving in the opposite direction. … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Antiquariaat Arine van der Steur [Netherlands]
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