Aeneas Carrying His Father, Anchises

A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut printed from two blocks (black line block and beige tone block) on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut printed from two blocks (black line block and beige tone block) on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1643

Artist:

Ludolph Büsinck (German, 1599/1602–1669)
after Georges Lallemand (French, 1575–1636)

About this artwork

Like Goltzius, though less dynamic in his execution, Ludolph Büsinck used the chiaroscuro woodcut technique to depict Aeneas fleeing Troy as it burns while shouldering his elderly father, Anchises. An interesting feature of this print is the correction made in the face of Aeneus’s son Ascanius, in the lower right of the composition. A plug was used to replace a section of the original woodblock, perhaps to reorient the face of the child toward the central action of the scene. Since all known impressions of this print include the same change, the preliminary version of this passage remains a mystery.

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Artist

Ludolph Büsinck

Title

Aeneas Carrying His Father, Anchises

Origin

Germany

Date

1643

Medium

Chiaroscuro woodcut printed from two blocks (black line block and beige tone block) on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

348 x 218 mm (border); 355 x 222 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Marie Louise Pritchard

Reference Number

1960.839

Extended information about this artwork

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