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Tiny print representing the Biblical episode of the Visitation, the pregnant Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth, also pregnant with St. John.
Signed on bottom right: “R. Sadeler excud.” with two verses of Latin text below: “Spectabam pulchro vinciri brachia nexu, / Et dixi: haec inter vincula captus ero”. Possibly designed to decorate a small book like the “Otium Spirituale”, published in Munich in 1617 by Anna Bergia with plates by Sadeler. The closest composition to this is perhaps the Visitation by Maarten de Vos, engraved by Johann Sadeler: on the Virgin’s back hangs a hat and her right arm unfolds outwards to hold the shoulder of Elizabeth. The elder woman’s right hand reaches around the neck of Mary. In this small impression, the respective husbands of the women stand on each side of the representation, whereas in de Vos’ they stand both on one side. Rare.
Engraving on paper with small margins; plate mark: 78 x 48 mm, total: 85 x 54 mm; traces of previous mountings; undocumented in Hollstein.
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