A PAIR of old engravings from the Passion of Christ series of 14, engraved originally in 1521 by Dutch old master engraver LUCAS VAN LEYDEN (1494-1533). My research leads me to believe these two are apparently later impressions printed on wove rather than laid paper, by noted Flemish engraver Jan Harmansz Muller (1571-1628). (Wove, as opposed to "laid" paper, was not invented until the mid 18th century). The talented Muller made skilled and faithful copies after earlier artists' works. One image is titled "Betrayal of Christ", the other "Christ in Gethsemane" (Christ is kneeling in prayer in upper right with an angel appearing in the clouds with a chalice of the host in his hands; St Peter and two other apostles lie sleeping in the foreground). Van Leyden was with Durer around the time he originally made this imagery. The pair measures approximately 4 3/4" by 3" each; there are thin margins. Both have flaws such as edge browning; one has a tiny portion of extreme lower left corner missing, one has a worn fold, both have tape residue and evidence of past mounting remaining on reverse, etc. Both have blue collector's stamp (appears as "Dr. Andressen"). Offered unframed but with attractive gray-green mat with hand drawn gold and ink mat lines. Genuinely collectable old master prints that make for a decorative addition to a traditional interior.
LUCAS VAN LEYDEN (1494-1533) **pair** old master engravings from the 1521 Passion of Christ series