|Artist||Hans Sebald Beham|
|Dimensions||Image and Plate 84 x 54 mm, Sheet 85 x 55 mm|
A miniature armorial engraving by Sebald Beham, featuring a winged genius or putto, nude, resting contraposta on a blank armorial shield, and supporting an ornately feathered great helm in the crook of his left arm. A large orb rests next to his left foot.
Artist's monogram to top right "HSB."
Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550) was a German engraver and the most prolific of the Kleinmeisters ("Little Masters"), so called because they mainly produced small prints. He worked together with his brother, Barthel Beham, and Georg Pencz, and all were heavily influenced by the work of their contemporary, Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), and might even have worked in his atelier. Beham produced a variety of allegorical, mythological, biblical and genre scenes and was active in Nürnberg and Frankfurt am Main.
Pauli 270, Hollstein 270, Bartsch VIII.227.259.
Condition: Trimmed to plate mark. Some scuffing and surface abrasion to plate. Old hinging tape to verso. Framed in a period style frame.