Outstanding 18th Century engraving entitled Constantin Victory Trophy after Peter Paul Rubens. Constantine is shown being crowned by a winged Victory after his defeat of Roman Emperor Maxentious. The head on a pole is most likely that of Maxentius who, according to history, was paraded on a spear on the procession to Rome.
The engraving is inscribed below the image as follows:
P. P. Rubens Pinx.
N. Tardieu Sculp.
Nicolas-Henri Tardieu (1674 - 1749) , known as "Tardieu the elder", was engraver to King Louis XV of France. Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens Peter Paul Rubens, (1577-1640), the greatest exponent of Baroque painting, needs no introduction. Among many masterpieces, Rubens designed a series of tapestries on the life of the emperor Constantine (1622–25). It is known as "The History of Constantine the Great."
Below is the original description of the engraving Constantin Victory Trophy in Latin and French:
CONSTANTINO VICTORI TROPHAEUM
Urbs Roma excussa tyrannide palmas victrices esserens Constantino lauream Triumphalem desert et Trophaea statuit, quae perennia bellicae laudis victoriae que insignia ac monumenta posteritati transmittant, Ann.Ch.512.
THROPHEE A LA GLOIRE DE CONSTANTIN
La Ville de Rome affranchie du joug de la Tirannie paroit devant Constanin son Liberateur la Palme a la main, et met sur sa tete la Couronne de laurier qui dont orner son Triomphe; en meme temps quelle elve des Trophees pour transmettre a la posterite un monument eternel de la gloire de ses Exploits et du bonheur de sa Victoire.
Ce tableau est tire du Cabinet de Mgneur le Duc d'Orleans.
A Paris ches Tardieu graveur du Roy rue St. Jacques pres celle Noyers. C.P.R.
Roughly translates as:
Trophy to the glory of Constantine
The city of Rome, free of the yoke of the Tiranny, places before Constanin, its liberator a palme and puts on his head a laurel leaf crown which decorate his triumph; at the same time these awards represent a monument to posterity of the glory of his exploits and the happiness of his victory.
This table is derived from the Cabinet of Mgneur The Duke of Orleans.
In Paris at Tardieu, engraver to the King, rue St. Jacques near Noyers. C.P.R.
Trimmed and mounted on thin board. Discounted due to condition issues including tear bottom center, and losses to upper corners as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Image: 12 1/16" by 9 1/4" (30.7 cm by 23.5 cm) approximately.
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