|Artist||Jan Sadeler I after Maerten de Vos|
|Dimensions||Image 135 x 103 mm, Plate 150 x 110 mm, Sheet 160 x 115 mm|
A print of a female personification of Arithmetic from The Seven Liberal Arts. Arithmetic is seen seated at a desk, she is writing on a plaque that she holds in her left hand. The desk has several coins lined up upon it along with another plaque and a stack of books, representing book keeping. Above the table is a pair of gourds entwined with vine leaves. In the background a window, marked 'Arithmetica', is open showing two figures reaping in the hills, the hills marked with lines representing cultivation.
Maerten de Vos (1532-1603) was a Flemish painter and draughtsman. He was a pupil of his father Pieter de Vos and a follower of Frans Floris in Antwerp. Between 1550 and 1558 he travelled in Italy, visiting Rome, Venice and possibly Florence. In 1558 he became a master of the Antwerp Guild of St Luke. Between 1571 and 1572, he was dean of the Guild. From 1575 he mainly produced print designs. He was the father of the artists Daniel (1568-1605) and Maerten the Younger (1576-1613).
Johann or Jan Sadeler I (1550 - 1600) was an engraver and publisher, part of the Sadeler dynasty, and the older brother of Aegidius I and Raphael I. The family was originally based in Antwerp, but Jan moved to Cologne in around 1579. He often returned to Antwerp. From 1588-95 he worked in Munich with his borther Raphael I. Both left Munich in 1595 and moved to Venice via Verona. He received the imperial privilege in 1581, it was renewed in 1593, and the papal privilege was granted in around 1598. Jan died in Venice in 1600 and his son Justus took over the firm.
Hollstein Dutch 549
Condition: Narrow margins outsifde of plate, tipped to album page, toning to sheet, blue paper residue to verso.