Jean Baptist Barbé (1578?-1649) Adriaen Collaert (c. 1560-1618) after Maerten de Vos (1532 – 1603)
6. “Procidentes adoravuerunt eum, et apertis thesauris suis obtulerunt ei munera, aurum, thus, et myrrham” – Matth 2
From Vita, Passio, et Resurrectio Iesu Christi first published 1598, this a later edition published by Joannes Galle (1600-1676)
From the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 2 Verse 11 – and fell down and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
The star hangs over the stable door, as the three Magi present their treasures to Our Lord, sitting upon Mary’s knee, St Joseph in attendance behind.
Adriaen Collaert was born in Antwerp between 1555 and 1565, becoming wijnmeester of the Guild of St Luke in 1580 – a title reserved for the sons of guild members. The guild of St Luke was generally the city guild for artists. Working for Philip Galle, a Dutch publisher best known for his old master prints, he married Galle’s daughter Justa. After learning the principles of engraving in the Netherlands, he spent some years in Italy improving his skill. Upon returning to Flanders he engraved, in accomplished fashion, a great number of plates. His brother, Jan Collaert II, his son, Jan Baptist Collaert II and a grandson were all printmakers.
These particular plates are after paintings by Maerten de Vos, a Flemish painter and draughtsman. His father was Pieter de Vos, from whom he learned. From 1550 – 1558 he travelled in Italy, visiting Rome and Venice and becoming master of the Antwerp Guild of St Luke upon his return in 1558. After 1575 he was mainly engaged in producing print designs.
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Condition: Trimmed to plate margins, generally good condition commensurate with age, slight age toning and handling marks as evident from image.