Armed Three-Master with Daedalus and Icarus in the Sky
PIETER BRUEGEL THE ELDER
Breda or Breugel c. 1526/30 – 1569 Brussels
Engraved by Frans Huys (1522 – 1562)
"Armed Three-Master with Daedalus and Icarus in the Sky", 1561-62
Engraving. 22,7 x 29,4 cm. (platemark); 26.6 x 31,4 cm (sheet)
Signed in the plate, in lower left corner: .F.H. Bruegel (F and H intertwined); inscribed in the central lower margin: Theodorus Galle excud.; with the number 5 in the lower right corner.
Watermark Crowned Shield with three Fleurs-de-lis, a flower on top and a Crosier below (Briquet 1722, dating c. 1579-80)
LiteratureWurzbach 9 (Huys); Bastelaer 101; Lebeer 44; Hollstein (Huys) 16-26; Hollstein (Bruegel) 101; NHD 65 III (III)
Excellent impression, strong printing with great contrasts, the early scratches in the open sky still clearly visible, ample margins around the platemark, in impeccable condition.
An exceedingly rare print.
A true masterpiece in Renaissance printmaking, which was published as part of a series of ten engravings of ships after the meticulous and vigorous design of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Its publication stood at the beginning of a tradition of portrayals of ships in Dutch art, which thrived particularly after 1600 in the Northern Netherlands.