|Artist||Johann Wierix after Bernardino Passeri|
|Dimensions||Image 162 x 140 mm, Sheet 208 x 142 mm|
A depiction of the False Messiah, presenting himself to his followers, seated on a throne and wearing a crown. Featuring a boxed text to the lower margin, referencing the different places, people and objects indicated with letters on the print.
From the "Evangelicae Historiae Imagines", an illustrated guide for prayerful meditation on the Gospels, after Bernardino Passeri and Maerten de Vos. It was compiled by the scholar and Jesuit Jerome Nadal, (1507-1580) at the behest of St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556). The series was published in Antwerp in 1593 by the publishers Christophe Plantin and Martinus Nutius. In 1594 and 1595 "Evangelicae Historiae Imagines" was republished under the title "Adnotationes et Meditationes in Evangelia".
Johann, or Jan Wierix, (1549-1618) was a Flemish engraver. The brother of Hieronymous and Antonius, Jan first worked producing book illustrations for the large publishing concern of Christopher Plantin in Antwerp. He moved to Delft from 1577 to 1579, probably as a result of the Sack of Antwerp in 1576. He then returned to Antwerp for a further twenty years, before sojourning briefly in The Hague, and then Brussels, where he remained until his death.
Bernardino Passeri (1577-1585) was an Italian painter, designer, engraver and print publisher. He was mostly active in Rome. Amongst his achievements were a set of fifty plates he designed delineating the life of St Benedict. They were engraved by Aliprando Caprioli and published in 1579.
Condition: Strong impression. Trimmed within plate mark, title missing. Minor time toning, mainly to lower margin.