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Ammonnium ad Regem, mittit Dux Ieptha legatos... [The Story of Jephthe]
Claes Jansz Visscher. Uncolored engraving. Handwritten annotations in bottom margin and on verso. Image measures 8.5" x 11". This plate features a scene from Chapter 11 of the Old Testament, known as the Book of Judges. It comes from the story of Jephthe, who served as a judge over Israel for 6 years, during which he led the Israelites in battle against Ammon. The scene likely depicts a military planning session, with Jephthe sitting in his seat of honor and pointing at a map of the area surrounding the Jordan River titled "Ammonitis Regio que nunc Philadelphia." Ryckemans completed the scene after the work of his teacher, Pieter de Jode, and published it circa 1625-30 as part of a series depicting the story of Jephthe. The engraving is in good condition with overall discoloration and some stains. It is mounted on paper that is annotated in ink in the bottom margin and on verso. Petrus or Pieter de Jode I (1570--1634) was a Flemish Baroque painter and engraver known for his work after old masters. Nicolas Ryckemans, one of Jode's students, worked in his teacher's studio and was one of Rubens' favorite engravers. This print is an unusual treasure for any collector.
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