Here is a set of etchings published by Melchior Kussel in Augsburg in 1671. These are a set of scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. From Wikipedia’s entry on Johann Wilhelm Bauer: “Many of his drawings of Ovid's stories, the passion of Christ in 24 plates, and scenes of daily life in Rome (with costumes of various nationalities) were engraved by Melchior Küsel of Augsburg. He died in Vienna of a sudden illness while on a commission by Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor.” However, contrary to Wikipedia, some copies of the Baer's (or Bauer's) Vita Christi have been noted containing 33 and 37 plates. This gathering is comprised of 35 17th-century etchings of the life of Christ. Each is mounted inside two pages of paper in large format with a cutout viewing window. The paper is larger, perhaps, to match the size of the custom-made slipcase. Several are on smaller mounts. Some titles of the etchings are penciled in at the bottom of the mount, both in English and Dutch. Condition is excellent, with only a few showing any signs of age or wear (one shown). Original title: Ioannis Guilielmi Baurn Iconographia: complectens In se passionem, miracula, vitam Christi universam: nec non, prospectus rarissimorum portuum, palatiorum, hortorum, historiarum, aliarumq[ue] rerum, quae per Italiam spectatu sunt dignae. I expect that anyone interested in buying this set knows more about it than I do. Christ’s miracles, the Resurrection, etc., are all illustrated. Bauer liked drawing architectural views, and many scenes take place within fictitious elements of classical architecture. In fact, Bauer's images (again via Kussel) were used as inspiration on Meissen porcelain (harbor scenes with Roman columns at the side, for example), beginning in about 1725. The etchings are all about six and a half by nine inches. this is a very impressive set honoring the Savior with imagination and classical influence. The price is for all 35 etchings.

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Vita Christi: Iconographica: 35 Etchings by Kussel after Bauer 1671.


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