Beham, Hans Sebald, Triton and Nereid
Hans Sebald Beham, Gravure, Triton and Nereid
|Artiste:||Beham, Hans Sebald (1500 - 1550)|
|Titre:||Triton and Nereid|
|Taille d'image:||2 in x 1 1/2 in (5.1 cm x 3.8 cm)|
|Taille de feuille:||2 in x 1 1/2 in (5.1 cm x 3.8 cm)|
|Taille encadrée:||14 1/4 in x 14 in (36.2 cm x 35.6 cm)|
|Signé:||Monogrammed 'HSP' in the lower left.|
|Condition:||This work is in very good condition; trimmed along the plate mark.|
As one of the most important of the German Little Masters, Han Sebald Beham exemplifies his mastery of this medium in this miniature mythological work of Triton and Nereid. Conveyed with incredible detail for such a small piece, Beham's delicate line work is truly astounding in person.
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|Addressing mythological subjects, Beham conveys Triton and Nereid in his signature
miniature style. Triton is a Greek god known as the messenger of the sea while
Nereid is a sea nymph, one of the fifty daughters of Nereus and Doris. Though
small in size, this piece is masterfully composed, with Triton leaping towards
the right, Nereid seated daintily upon his tail. Beham's depiction of Triton
is somewhat unusual, as he has two front hooves reminiscent of those of a goat
whereas he typically is conveyed with only the upper body of a human and the
tail of a fish. Beham's delicate lines allow for no loss of detail despite the
size of this work. This is particularly noteworthy in the detail on Triton's
face as well as in the fish on a hook that he holds up in his left hand. Triton
appears powerful and brave with large ears and a muscular form while Beham depicts
Nereid nude, gracefully seated with her face turned in profile, her hair gently
blowing in the wind.
This original engraving is monogrammed and dated in the lower left '1523 |HSB.'
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
1. Bartsch, The Illustrated Bartsch Vol. 15. Edited by Robert A. Koch. New York: Abaris Books, 1981. Documented and illustrated as catalogue no. 87 on pg. 69.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
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La biographie de Hans Sebald Beham
Barthel Beham was the older brother of painter, Hans Sebald Beham, a prolific printmaker who produced over 2,000 prints during his career. He focused on tiny engravings, placing him in the German printmaking school called the Little Masters. Hans Sebald Beham also worked with larger woodcuts and designed playing cards, wallpaper, coats of arms, and patterns for other artists. He illuminated a prayer book and created a painting for Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg. Along with his brother and Georg Pencz, Hans Sebald Beham was banished from Nuremberg in 1525 due to his beliefs that opposed Lutheranism, the dominant religion of the city. After returning to the city, Beham was exiled again for publishing a book that was believed to be plagiarized from one of Albrecht Durer's writings.