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St. George Liberating the Princess

  • Object:

    Print

  • Date:

    ca. 1508 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Leyden, Lucas van (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving in ink on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.4611-1910

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 14, box C

Like his contemporary, Albrecht Dürer, Lucas van Leyden was internationally recognised within his lifetime and beyond. Giorgio Vasari, writing in 1568, praised Leyden's fine engraving style and his use of perspective. Fine quality early impressions of his prints are rare. Copper printing plates are capable of producing only one or two hundred fine impressions before the plate starts to wear down, especially with a fine line engraving style as Leyden's. Such was Leyden's reputation and his prints so sought by collectors that his original printing plates were kept and impressions taken from them long after his death, resulting in a larger number of surviving poor and worn impressions than fine ones. Numerous copies were also made from his originals, which satisfied demand when originals were not available or affordable and for collectors of images interested more in subject matter.

Physical description

The scene is set in a landscape setting with rocks and trees. In the background, St. George slays the dragon and the princess hides behind a rock. In the foreground, St.George comforts the princess, accompanied by a mounted knight in armour holding a standard and St. George's own horse. Between St. George and the princess is a lamb.

Date

ca. 1508 (made)

Artist/maker

Leyden, Lucas van (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving in ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

L
Artist initial inscribed on plate in square plaque on floor, bottom centre

Dimensions

Height: 16.1 cm cut to, Width: 11.6 cm cut to, Height: 53.1 cm mounted, Width: 38 cm mounted

Object history note

Salting Bequest, 4504

Descriptive line

Engraving, St. George comforting the princess, Lucas Hugensz van Leyden (called Lucas Jacobsz).

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bartsch, Adam von. Le Peintre Graveur. Leipzig, J.A. Barth, 1854-1876.
The New Hollstein: Dutch & Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts, 1450-1700. Roosendaal. Koninklijke Van Poll in cooperation with the Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1993-
Cornelis, Bart and Jan Piet Filedt Kok. The taste for Lucas van Leyden prints. In: Simiolus - Netherlands Quarterly for the History of Art. 26: 1/2 (1998).

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Engraving

Subjects depicted

Standard-bearers; Sword; Landscapes (representations); Purses (wallets); Costume; Knights in armour; Horses; Hats; Trees; Headdress; Boots; Tunics; Dragon; Lamb

Categories

Christianity; Prints; Images Online; Illustration

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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