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Gerard de Lairesse (1641-1711) - Mercury ordering Calypso to allow Odysseus to depart - Ca 1675

Lot reference 14680691

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Etching signed in text line

Technique: Etching
Year: 1650-1699
Condition: Overall in good condition
Title of artwork: Mercury ordering Calypso to allow Odysseus to depa
Signature: Signed
Artist: Gerard de Lairesse
Sold with frame: No
Total dimensions (in cm): 45,50 x 60 cm.
Picture size (in cm): 35,80 x 48,10 cm

This large etching measures 35,80 x 48,10 cm and is with full plate border and nice margins on a sheet of laid paper of 45,50 x 60 cm.
Excellent impression and vlean condition. The original middle fold teared in and re-attached. Fresh condition of sheet and margins.

Mercury ordering Calypso to allow Odysseus to depart; classical landscape with the couple on a bed at centre, Mercury on a cloud in top right speaking to Calypso, while Odysseus lies in her lap, Cupid dressed in Odysseus's armour walking to the right in right foreground, a temple in background

Lettered within image, in a frame in lower left: "Fortior est qui se, quam qui / fortissima vincit / Moenia.". Lettered in lower margin: "Per Gerardum de Lairesse invent: et sculpt: et per Nicolaum Visscher edit: cum Privil: Ord: Gene: Belgii Foederati.".

Print made by: Gérard de Lairesse
Published by: Nicolaes Visscher I (or possibly by Nicolaes Visscher II)

Timmers 1942 32
The British Museum has only a trimmed specimen of this important print.

Gerard de Lairesse (1641-1711) (??)
Important painter engraver who was born in Belgium (Luik) but who worked in Amsterdam.His elegant style would let one think he was educated in Italy and France but he never left the low country's. Gerard de Lairesse had a deregulated life. He was wounded trough a love affair with his model(s). At 50 he became blind. His influence on the Dutch art is considerable.


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Member since: March 29, 2014
  • Beautiful print, very good package. Very good seller! Thanks!

    galdocris March 16, 2018

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    Het is zeer moeilijk de kwaliteit te omschrijven of te onderkennen, zeker louter digitaal
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    cental8 March 12, 2018

  • How come that exactly this lot appears again in the current auction. Pictures of the current lot are 100% identical with the ones of order number 9203543 (which I aquired in Feb).....

    straughn March 10, 2018

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