Ioh. Elias Ridinger.Pictor et Scalptor Augustanus solertissimis Naturae Indagiusque in Animalius praeser. Delineatione Æmulator felicissimus natus Ulmae suevorum d.XVI Febr. A. S. MDCXCVIII Ars Artifici Amic.
Mezzotint, rare. 270 x 400mm (10½ x 15¾"). Trimmed to image
Portrait to waist of the German artist and engraver Johann Elias Ridinger (1698-1767). Portrait in an oval supported on an engraved stone, beside which is seated the goddess Diana who holds a bow. The spoils from Diana's hunting, which include a stag, a boar and several birds, lie around the portrait; a hound and a hooded bird of prey are seated alongside. Ridinger holds his palette and brushes, the outline of a stag is propped on an easel behind him. The animals and the woodland scene illustrate Ridinger's talent for depicting animals and their characteristics in their natural environment.
[Ref: 33244] £270.00