These amazing Heinrich Aldegrever Copper Engraving originate from the Series "The Labors of Hercules" (Bartsch, Hollstein 83-95) and depict "The Pillars of Hercules" (B. 94, S. 216) and "Hercules Preventing the Centaurs from the Rape of Hippodamia" (B. 92, S. 216). Both signed in plate with artist's monogram. Previous owner's notation and stamps from the selling galleries. These prints were made in 1550.
"The Pillars of Hercules" has a fair to good impression and "Hercules Preventing the Centaurs from the Rape of Hippodamia" has a strong impression.
About Heinrich Aldegrever (1502 - 1555) Presumably born in 1502 in Paderborn, the home of his parents Herman and Katherine Trippenmeker, Aldegrever established himself permanently in nearby Soest around 1525. There he entered the painters' guild between 1526-27, and became a citizen of the city in 1530. His first engravings date to 1527 and are signed with a monogram "AG", resembling closely that of Albrecht Dürer. This leads many scholars, such as van Mander, to believe that Aldegrever had worked in Durer's shop in Nuremberg. However nothing is known about where he acquired his delicate and minute, yet somewhat hard style except that he did travel for some time. About Albrecht Dürers Small Passion:
Purchased in circa 1975 from Benedictine P. Kunibert Mönig of Meschede Germany.
Image Sizes 94x70mm and 92x68mm. Overall with matt 16 3/4" x 13".
Trimmed to image. In good antique condition (please see pictures)
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