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Dominic Custos (1550-1615) - Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria - 1603

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Dominic Custos (1550-1615) - Emperor  Ferdinand I of Austria - 1603

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Engraving published by Jacob Schrenck von Notzing, the secretary of the Archduke

Artist: Dominic Custos (1550-1615)
Title of artwork: Archduke Ferdinand I of Austria - 1603
Technique: Engraving
Signature: Not signed
Condition: In good condition
Sold with frame: No

The engraving is probably from the 1603 edition. Impressive due to the format and the renaissance setting.
42,5 by 29 cm on plate border. On the full sheet with 2 cm margins all around (larger then shown on the image)
Good condition with some possible staining in the margin from use.One the backside German text and ornamental border .

Showingt he emperor in armor. Frrom the so called Spanish hall,
a collection of armoury by Archduke Ferdinand
Designed by Giovanni Battista Fontana (1541-1587)
Engraved by Dominic Custos (1550-1615)
Published by Jacob Schrenck von Notzing, the secretary of the Archduke

Engraver
Dominic Custos (1560-1612)
Drawer and engraver born in Antwerp. Son of artist Pieter Balten (or Pieter Custodis). He lived in Augsburg starting from 1584. He published engravings in this city and married to the widow of Bartholomaus Killian. In 1607 he went to Praque in the service of emperor Rudolphe II. His sons where David, Raphael and Jacob, also engravers.

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The Roman Catholic Archduke Ferdinand II of Tirol (1529-1595) was an avid collector of weaponry and armoury, that had originally belonged to all sorts of princes and potentates. His main interest was history, and in order to document this

interest he created the pictorial programme of the so-called "Spanish Hall" and a collection of over 1000 portraits of European nobleman and women. He assigned his personal secretary Jacob Schrenck von Notzing to write a catalogue of the collection of armory (Heldenrüstkammer) housed at Schloss Ambras near Innsbruck which finally was brought to print in 1601 only. The magnificent catalogue (known as Armamentarium heroicum) shows very rare examples of armours from the 15th and 16th centuries which originally belonged to illustrious persons such as the Emperor Maximilian I or Prince Maurice of Orange. The objects themselves were displayed in Ambras castle in a strict hierarchic order. In 1582 the Antwerp born Augsburg engraver and publisher Dominicus Custos (1550/59-1615) started to engrave the in all 126 portraits after the drawings of Giovanni Battista Fontana (1541-1587). The book is designed so that a full-length portrait engraving of the armour's former owner faces a page containing the biography of the figure shown. The noble figures are all in full armour and standing in niches with elaborate surroundings of ornamental columns. We do however not know if the heads were portraits of the true owner, because not one of the figures has survived, and the engravings in the catalogue show the hero with his helmet on the ground at his feet.

SCHRENCK VON NOTZING, JAKOB. Der Aller durchleuchtigsten und grossmächtigen Kayser… Königen und Ertzhertzogen… Fürsten, wie auch Grafen, Herren von Adel … warhafftige Bildtnussen und kurtze Beschreibungen jhrer…fürnembsten thaten und handlungen. Deren Waffen und Rüstungen...in der weytberümbten Rüstkammer…in dem Fürstl. Schloss Ombras…auffbehalten werden… elaborate full-page full-length portrait plate within ornamental architectural frame, engraved by Dominicus Custos after Giovanni Battista Fontana. Elaborate wood-engraved text borders . Folio. editio princeps (in Latin) published in Innsbruck in 1601.

The grandly illustrated late Mannerist catalogue of the Heldenrüstkammer of Archduke Ferdinand II of Tirol at Schloss Ambras in Innsbruck--the first collection of armor assembled on historical principles, in the first purpose-built museum north of the Alps. The 120 suits of armor in the Heldenrüstkammer had been worn by celebrated heroes in famous battles (European and non-European both), and could be dated and provenanced exactly, in some cases identified with the names of the makers. The collection was installed according to a carefully planned hierarchic program probably deriving from Quattrocento fresco cycles of ‘Uomini Famosi.’

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