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Production People
Jean Duvet (Print made by)artist bio
Duvet, Jean [Drouhot]
b ?Dijon, c. 1485; d ?Langres, after 1561
Title / Description
Jean Duvet as St John the Evangelist, frontispiece for a series of 23 prints illustrating the Apocalypse
 
Date
1555
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
297 x 218 mm (platemark (arched top))
Inscriptions
Signed and dated on the tablet on the table: 'IOH/DVVET/AVRIFAB/LINGON/ANOR 70/HAS HIST/PERFECIT/1555', inscribed lower left: 'SACRA IN HAC ET ALIIS SEQVETIBVS/TABELLIS CONTENTA MISTERIA EX/DIVINA IOHANNIS APOCALIPSI DESVPTA/SVNT AC VERAE LITERAE TEXTVS/PROXIME ACCOMODATE ADHIBITO/ETIAM VIRORVM PERITIORVM IVDICIO' and at right: 'FATA PREMVT/TREPIDANT/MANVS IAM/LVMINA FALLVNT/MENS RESTAT/VICTRIX GRA/DE SVADET/OPVS'
State
second state of two
 
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch VII.503.12 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Robert-Dumesnil V.16.27 info
Alexandre P. Robert-Dumesnil, Le peintre-graveur francais, 11 vols., Paris 1835-71

Eisler 1979, no. 65 (second state of two) info
Colin Eisler, The Master of the Unicorn: The Life and Work of Jean Duvet, New York 1979

Los Angeles, New York, and Paris 1994, no. 22 info
The French Renaissance in Prints from the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, ed. Karen Jacobson, exhibition catalogue, Los Angeles, UCLA at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale de France 1994

London 1999, no. 64 info
The Apocalypse and the Shape of Things to Come, ed. Frances Carey, exhibition catalogue, London, The British Museum 1999
 
Comment
Frontispiece to a set of twenty-three works illustrating the Apocalypse, engraved c.1546-55. Similarly to Albrecht Dürer, Jean Duvet viewed his series as independent images, and several sets were issued separately. In 1561 the engravings were published in Lyons as a book titled 'L'Apocalypse figurée', with French text between the images (seven such books have survived intact, one in the British Library, London). According to Zerner in Los Angeles 1994, the plates were already worn by the time this edition was printed. The series was inspired by Dürer's fifteen woodcuts illustrating the Apocalypse. This frontispiece is the latest of Duvet's signed and dated prints, executed as last in the series.
 
Inventory Number
50016
 
Classification
Prints: French: 16th century: Mounted I
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