C1665

Colossus Gigantaeus Antverpianus

Artist:

Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502 - 1550)

Very rare engraving depicting Druon Antigoon, by Coecke van Aelst I, P. (C1502-1550), who was one of the best known Dutch artists of the C16th.  Druon Antigoon was a mythical giant in Flemish folkloric that lived in Antwerp. Guarding a bridge on the river Scheldt, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Colossus Gigantaeus Antverpianus

Date:

C1665

Artist:

Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502 - 1550)

Engraver:

C. Visscher 

Condition:

In good condition, laid onto archival tissue.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

340mm 
x 450mm

Paper Size: 

390mm 
x 510mm
AUTHENTICITY
Colossus Gigantaeus Antverpianus - Antique Print from 1665

Genuine antique
dated:

1665

Description:

Very rare engraving depicting Druon Antigoon, by Coecke van Aelst I, P. (C1502-1550), who was one of the best known Dutch artists of the C16th. 

Druon Antigoon was a mythical giant in Flemish folkloric that lived in Antwerp. Guarding a bridge on the river Scheldt, he exacted a toll from those crossing the river. For those that refused his toll, he severed one of their hands and threw it into the river. Eventually, Antigoon was slain by a young Roman soldier named Brabo, who cut off the giant’s own hand and flung it into the river.

References:

Huber, Catalogue raisonné du cabinet d’estampes de feu Monsieur Brandes Vol. 1, p.340 Leipzic, 1793.

Folsom, Jenny, “Antwerp’s Appetite for Congolese Hands” (2016). CHESS Student Research Reports. 17.

Collections:  
Plantin-Moretus Museum: Object number PK.OP.16096

Biography:

Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502 – 1550) was renowned throughout Renaissance Europe as a draftsman, painter, and publisher of architectural treatises. The magnificent tapestries he designed were acquired by the wealthiest clients of the day, up to and including rulers such as Emperor Charles V, King Francis I of France, King Henry VIII of England, and Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici of Tuscany. At the same time, Coecke was remarkable not only for the complexity and unparalleled quality of his tapestries, but also for his fluency in various media: from tapestry and stained-glass window designs to panel paintings, prints, drawings, and architectural treatises.

Though only forty-eight when he died, Coecke was one of the greatest Netherlandish artists of the sixteenth century. His paintings and drawings, initially wrought in the style of the Antwerp Mannerists, evolved through his enthusiastic response to Italian Renaissance design, and influenced generations of artists in his wake. This comprehensive study explores Coecke’s stylistic development, as well as his substantial contribution to the body of great Renaissance art in Flanders.

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