M. Brutus Imp. Ex mamore antiquo.
Cum privilegiis Regis Christianissimi. Principum Belgarum et Ordinum Bataviae. [First published 1638, however this is a later impression.]
Engraving. Plate 285 x 197mm. 11¼ x 7¾". Overall paper toning; backed onto second sheet to stabilise.
Head of Marcus Junius Brutus (85-42BC), one of the conspirators against Julius Caesar, with short hair combed forward, turned to left; from a set of twelve plates showing antique busts after drawings by Rubens. This is one from a series of twelve plates by different printmakers after antique marble portrait sculptures (heads, busts, herms), a project that Rubens completed in 1638 but must have been started much earlier (as one of the engravers, Bolswert, died in 1633). Some of these sculptures may have been part of the antiquities collection of Rubens himself; it is known that Nicolaas Rockox acquired the Demosthenes herm in 1622. The four different engravers were all employed by Rubens in his studio and are Paulus Pontius, Lucas Vorsterman I, Hans Witdoeck and Boėtius Adamsz Bolswert. The production of the prints was closely supervised by Rubens as attested by five retouched proof impressions. Only six of Rubens' preparatory drawings have survived.
See Hymans: 102.
[Ref: 23290] £130.00