Virgil Solis (1514-1562), after Jörg Breu II (1510 after-1547)
Antique print, engraving | Dancing couple, ca. 1550, 1 p.
A dancing couple; the male figure at left in frontal view, the head in profile to right, his arms akimbo; the female figure at right in three-quarter profile to left, stepping to left.
Fifth plate from a series of ten of dancing couples, musicians and drinkers. Loose copies in reverse after Jörg Breu’s woodcut Banquet in Venice of 1539 (Hollstein 26).
Jörg Breu II was a painter, miniaturist and designer of woodcuts, glass-paintings and goldsmiths’ work. Son and pupil of Jörg Breu the Elder, whose workshop he took over; the woodcuts of the two artists are often difficult to distinguish. He travelled in Italy, in particular to Venice, as a journeyman and in 1534 was a master in Augsburg. He was much employed as a wall-painter and worked in this capacity in 1536-7 for the Pfalzgraf Ottheinrich, at Schloss Neuburg and Grünau. His designs for woodcuts, which were often made on a large scale and printed from numerous blocks, continue a formula established in Augsburg by Hans Burgkmair and Breu’s father. His popular woodcuts of religious subjects were chiefly produced after 1540 and were particularly influenced by Italian art. Breu also made drawings for applied art, especially goldsmiths’ work.
Numbered and monogrammed at top right: 5 / VS.
On the right leg of the man a (possible) unknown collector’s mark.
[NL] Dansend paar. Prent maakt deel uit van een serie van tien prenten met musicerende, dansende, spelende en drinkende figuren. Antieke gravure van Virgil Solis (1514-1562), naar Jörg Breu II (1510 after-1547).
€ 181,50 ( ex. btw) € 150,00