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1721 Copper Engraving Portrait Alfonso II d'Este Duke Ferrara House Este EUM3
1721 Copper Engraving Portrait Alfonso II d'Este Duke Ferrara House Este EUM3
1721 Copper Engraving Portrait Alfonso II d'Este Duke Ferrara House Este EUM3

1721 Copper Engraving Portrait Alfonso II d'Este Duke Ferrara House Este EUM3

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This is an original 1721 black and white copper engraving of "Alphonsus Hertzog von Ferrara." This is a portrait of Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara from 1559 to 1597 and a member of the House of Este. He was the son of Ercole II d'Este and Renée of France. The portrait is framed by a wonderful decorative motif featuring a shell and botanical design at the top of the image with columns flanking the portrait. This piece is accompanied by the original German biographical text printed on a separate sheet and features a decorative drop cap and an exquisite vignette comprised of two birds within an ornate botanical design that surrounds a central image of a nude woman and two cherubs.


This 290+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light foxing and aging - top margin. No creases. No natural defects.No surface rub.No tears. No water damage. Please note: There is a plate impression bordering the image in this print and there is light offsetting from the facing page on the accompanying text print.

  • Product Type: Original Copper Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 8.5 x 13.5 inches; 22 x 34 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is pleased to offer an extremely rare and impressive early eighteenth century collection of biographies and portrait engravings and etchings, produced in Leipzig, Germany in 1721 and 1722. Included are notable monarchs, rulers, religious figures, and members of notable Houses throughout Europe, including several genealogical charts of dynastic lines, spanning the sixteenth to early eighteenth centuries. The collection is comprised of exquisitely engraved and etched copper portrait plates framed by varying decorative motifs, all engraved by Johann Friedrich Rosbach. Many of the portraits include separate biographical pieces ranging in length from a single paragraph to several pages for more notable European monarchs and emperors. If present, the accompanying text is in German and is composed of beautiful woodcut text, with most pages containing elegantly etched drop cap initials, head-and tail-pieces and vignettes. The superb, folio-sized stock upon which the collection is engraved and etched employed the latest advances in eighteenth century paper making and highlights the era's predilection for strong, lightly sized paper with a fine structure and smooth surface. The paper's characteristics are thus similar to Japanese Gampi, and the result is well-preserved and crisp images that exceptionally capture Rosbach's fluid and sharp line work. This collection represents a unique opportunity to collect a valuable part of European history stunningly composed and illustrated.

This piece was illustrated by Rosbach, Johann Friedrich .

Keywords specific to this image: Art, Armor, Neck Ruff, Catholic Counter-Reformation, Catholic Reformation, Catholic Revival, Catholic Church, European Nobility, European Royalty, European History, French History, French Monarchy, French Royalty, Italian Royalty, Italian History, Italian Nobility

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