[Munich: J. Stuntz, c.1820.]
Tinted lithograph. Sheet 315 x 265mm (12˝ x 10˝") Some slight spotting..
Cesare Alessandro Scaglia (1592-1641), a diplomat who served Philip IV of Spain, the House of Savoy 1614-32, as well as abbot of Staffarda in Cuneo. He retired and entered the monastery of the Rýcollets, Antwerp c.1637, where he died. Scaglia was admired by the likes of Rubens (himself a diplomat) and Richelieu. Scaglia was also a keen art collector who owned several portraits by van Dyck. This print seems to have been taken from van Dyck's 1634 full-length portrait of Scaglia in the National Gallery, with the composition reversed and cropped to half-length. This print was published in 'Les Oeuvres Lithographiques', a huge series of reproductive plates of paintings, by Johann Nepomuk Strixner (1782 - 1855) and Ferdinand Piloty (1786-1844). Their work did much to popularise lithography, as they showed the technique could achieve all the same effects as other engraving techniques.
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