A World Of Interpretations

  1. Gandini, Madonna and Child
  2. de Bry, Eleazar and Rebecca
  3. de Bry, The Venetian Ball
  4. Jamnitzer, Three Genii
  5. Saenredam, Paris and Oenone
  6. Muller, Johann Neyen
  7. Major, View of a River
  8. Elsheimer, Tobias
  9. van Sichem, The Musicians
  10. Cantagallina , Ship of Amerigo
  11. Ribera, The Poet
  12. Callot, Cap. Spessa Monti
  13. Callot, Vue du Pont Neuf
  14. van de Velde, Aer
  15. Schut, Martyrdom of St. George
  16. after van Dyck, Lucas van Uden
  17. Lorrain, Les Quatre Chèvres
  18. Franck, Soldiers Drinking
  19. Bosse, The Prodigal Son
  20. Mauperché, La Bergère Assise
  21. van Scheyndel, Peasant Woman
  22. Pérelle, Evening Landscape
  23. van den Steen, Saint Pepin
  24. Janssen, The Four Elements
  25. Matham, Phyllis
  26. Grimaldi, Landscape
  27. Grimaldi, Three Boats
  28. Rembrandt, Jan Cornelis Sylvius
  29. Rembrandt, The Flight into Egypt
  30. Rembrandt, Lieven van Coppenol
  31. Lievens, Jacques Gaultier
  32. Hollar, Caricature Head
  33. Attributed to Jan Fyt , Pigeons
  34. Della Bella, Le Reposoir du Saint Sacrement
  35. Della Bella, A Pikeman Standing
  36. van Ostade, Man and Woman
  37. van Ostade, The Singers
  38. Dubois, Extensive Landscape
  39. Carpioni, Madonna
  40. Chauveau, Timbalier et Trompette Turcs
  41. Faithorne, Thomas Mace
  42. Castiglione, The Nativity
  43. Master CpP, Apollo Flaying
  44. Stoop, Bridled Horse
  45. Berchem, The Rest
  46. Courtois, A Cavalry Battle
  47. Nanteuil, Godefroy-Maurice de la Tour d’Auvergne
  48. Nanteuil, Pierre Séguier
  49. van der Ulft, Aqueduct
  50. van der Ulft, Villa on a Hill
  51. Visscher, The Gypsy Woman
  52. Bega, The Family
  53. van Heemskerck, Peasants
  54. Thuenkel, Floral Ornaments
  55. van Somer, The Drinker Asleep
  56. Anonymous English, Faiths
  57. Meyer, Landscape with Trees

3. Jan Theodor de Bry (1561-1623)
after Hendrik Goltzius

The Venetian Ball

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de Bry, The Venetian Ball

The Venetian Ball

Engraving, Hollstein 13 only state, Wurzbach 13, 166 x 167 mm., ex collection: E. Stuyck (not in Lugt). A fine impression of this circular engraving on laid paper with the full square platemark and narrow margins beyond. The work is adapted, in reverse, from the large engraving by Hendrik Goltzius after Dirk Barentsz and de Bry has added curved panels of text above and below the subject in turning it into a circular composition. While the scene is clearly that of a Venetian palace, the actual subject is open to question. Antenor, a Trojan, was the legendary founder of Venice, but his name may be used here allegorically to represent Henry III of France who visited Venice in 1574 and was lavishly feted. Alternatively, it has been suggested that the subject is the wedding of Titian's daughter Lavinia in 1555, with the bearded figure (here at the right) Titian himself and the man behind him Barendsz. Whichever is the case, musicians appear at the windows to the right and a Commedia dell' Arte troupe at the left. Goltzius' original engraving is an exceptionally large rectangle. De Bry's miniaturization of it shows considerable skill.