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Saint Christopher

A work made of mezzotint in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of mezzotint in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1665/77

Artist:

Wallerant Vaillant (Dutch, 1623-1677)
after Cornelis van Poelenburch (Dutch, 1594/95-1667)
after Adam Elsheimer (German, 1578-1610)

About this artwork

In this print, Wallerand Vaillant articulates landscape, figure, and atmosphere with the perfect subtlety of light. Mezzotint was a relatively new intaglio process in which the artist burnished out highlights and gradations, effectively erasing the darkness, from a completely roughened copper plate that would print black if left untouched. In the final state the artist added stars, as well as more definition to the clouds and landscape, and intensified the highlights of the figures and their respective objects (the staff of the Saint, and the world held by the Christ-child). The result is a tonally richer composition.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Wallerand Vaillant

Title

Saint Christopher

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1665–1677

Medium

Mezzotint in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

169 × 219 mm (image/plate); 176 × 227 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

Reference Number

1967.34a

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