Beham, Hans Sebald, 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.|
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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Hans Sebald Beham biographie
Beham (1500 - 1550) was born into a family of artists in Nuremberg in 1500 and is the older brother of Barthel Beham. Best known as a prolific printmaker, he produced approximately 252 engravings, 18 etchings and 1,500 woodcuts, including woodcut book illustrations. He worked extensively on tiny, highly detailed, engravings (many as small as postage stamps) placing him in the German printmaking school known as the "Little Masters" from the size of their prints. These works he produced and published himself, whilst his much larger woodcuts were mostly commissioned work. The engravings found a ready market among German bourgeois collectors, but were not much seen in Italy. He also made prints for use as playing cards, wallpaper, coats of arms, and designs for other artists, including many for stained or painted glass.
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