|Artist||Jacob van der Heyden|
|Dimensions||Image 85 x 74 mm, Plate 183 x 90 mm, 323 x 216 mm|
A half-length portrait of Sebastian Brandt, turned to the left, wearing a fur hat and luxurious fur-lined cloak, holding a scroll to his chest.
Full title to top: "Imago, Nobiliss: Et Consultiss: Viri Dn. Sebastiani Brandii, IC.ti clarissimi, Comitis Palat: Cæsarei, nec non inclytæ liberæq. Imper: Civitatis Argentinæ, consiliarij ac cancellarij (olim) dignissimi"
Inscription to top of plate: "Natus Anno CHRI: 1458 Denatus A° CHR. 1520. Act. suæ 63"
Inscription in lower margin, twelve Latin verses by Philipp Friedrich Glaser, a German poet active in Strasbourg in the 1630's : "Sic oculos, sic ille genas, sic ora ... quis viget orbe", meaning: "This is what his eyes, cheeks, his mouth looked like ..."
Inscription to bottom left: "Sumptib, J.J.B. Caelavit. Jacob, ab Heyden, Anno Dni: 1631"
Inscription to bottom right: "In perennem Sapientissimi viri Ejuq, ... fecit et excudi curavit Philipp, Frideric, Glaser, Argentinensis"
Sebastian Brandt or Brant (1457-1521) was a writer and law academic from Germany, active in Strasbourg. He worked as a municipal secretary, councillor to emperor Maximilian I and count palatine and produced several writings on politics, religion and the legal system. Brant is best known however for his satirical poem "Das Narrenschiff" ("The Ship of Fools"), in which he delivers criticism on corruption in the Roman Catholic Church, and human flaws in general in an allegory where more than a 100 fools, each representing an example of human corruption, travel together on a ship.
Jacob van der Heyden (1573-1645) was a Flemish-born printmaker and publisher. His father, Jan van der Heyden, moved his family from Mechelen to Strasbourg to avoid persecution by the Spanish Catholics. Jacob trained with Raphael Coxcie in Brussels, and eventually permanently moved to Brussels in 1635. Jacob specialised in genre prints with historical scenes or landscapes as the main elements, and also produced several portraits.
Hollstein German, Heyden, 120.
Condition: Excellent impression with wide margins. Minor overall time toning. Unidentified watermark featuring a cross, crown and crescent.