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Portrait, three qurter length to left, face frontal, standing, l. hand in waist, r arm on base of column, filded document in hand. Inscription on column '1649. Aetat. 26.' Above coat-of-arms.
Pettigrew's Med. Portr. Gall., 2/15. - London, published by Fisher, Sons, & Co., 1838, 11,5 x 9,5 cm auf 26 x 17,5 cm, 6 pp. Biography. This important reproduction was published in L'Art (Vol. II, p. 60) in 1883, accompanying an article by Henry Hymans, entitled : Sur le tableau de Calcar.The etching after the Portrait d'un Jeune Homme (formerly called Andre Vesale) by Calcar in the Louvre is an excessively fine rendering, even if judged exclusively as a work of art. In workmanship it is carried to the utmost limit compatible with the rules of the art. The modelling is extremely subtle, the illumination is perfectly rendered and rich in effect, brilliant in the lights and velvety in the shadows. The plate is a striking example of mastery in translation by the etching method, when the artist has given equal, and entirely successful, attention to detail and ensemble. There is however the defect that the head and face have been slightly lengthened, and the contours here and there are not quite faithfully reproduced. In consequence of some accentuation in the drawing of the eyes and mouth the expression of contemplative sweetness, which is a main source of the picture's peculiar charm, is in a slight degree sacrificed the mouth, especially, has become harder and at the same time more sensual.* There must also be noted certain slight imperfections in the shape of the characters forming the inscription on the base of the column. This, however, tells in no degree against the remarkable beauty of the plate, which must always give aesthetic pleasure to the beholder, whose delight in this respect is in no wise lessened by the knowledge that he is gazing at the portrait not of Vesalius at all, but of Melchior von Brauweiler - as has already been demonstrated. Spierlmann, p.184, 51 and p.59, 13.
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