Christ Appearing to His Mother
JACOB CORNELISZ. VAN OOSTSANEN
Oostsanen c. 1460/65 – 1533 Amsterdam
"Christ Appearing to His Mother"
From The Little Passion, c. 1520 – 30
Woodcut. 11.8 x 7.7 cm.
Monogram on pilaster to the left: JWvA (the W upside down)
Literature: Steinbart 111; Bartsch 13–21; Wurzbach 21–84; Nagler, Mon. I, 916; IV, 29; Le Blanc I, p. 61; Hollstein 58
Fine impression, evenly printed and well inked, small stain in the upper right corner, otherwise in good condition. Predates the text edition published in 1523 in Amsterdam.
A rare print.
As a contemporary of Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) and Lucas van Leyden (1494–1533), Van Oostsanen was a pioneer of early printmaking. This charming woodcut belonged to a group of sixty-two prints known as The Little Passion. Van Oostsanen was commissioned to produce the series together with the Amsterdam publisher Oden Pietersz. (c. 1480 to after 1536) by the archbishop of Dronthheim, suggesting that his work was widely appreciated at the time. Due to the patron’s untimely death, however, the project came to an early end. Together with the humanist Pompeius Occo (1483–1527), Van Oostsanen and Pietersz. found another way to publish the plates, assembling an anthology whereby the woodcuts were supplemented by texts of classical and contemporary authors. This book, titled Passio domini nostri, was published in 1523 in Amsterdam. In later years, the prints were reissued as well as published independently, without letterpress.
Price: USD 2,500 / EURO 2,100