Leon: Schenk exc:
Etching, large 17th/18th century watermark; platemark 280 x 380mm (11 x 15"). Very large margins.
Allegory of Spring: the goddess Flora (Psyche) resting against a tree, with Cupid and two putti on the left and a vase full of flowers on the far left. One of a series of thirty plates depicting mythological and historical subjects after Gérard de Lairesse (1640-1711). Lairesse was a Dutch painter and etcher who worked for William and Mary amongst other illustrious patrons. A classicist and theorist (after going blind he wrote a major theoretical treatise, the Groot Schilderboek or 'Great Book of Painting'), he was known as the 'Dutch Poussin'. Most of his own etchings were originally published by Nicolaes Visscher, who published a collected edition under the title 'Opus Elegantissimum' in c.1675.
[Ref: 37350] £260.00