Virgin and the Child Seated under a Tree

circa 1612

Amsterdam 1599 – after 1666
After Abraham Bloemaert (1566 – 1651)

"Virgin and the Child Seated under a Tree", c. 1612

Etching. 21.5 x 15.7 cm.
Signed in image, lower left: A. Bloemaert in. and lower center, on rocks: DELons fe. et. ex. (DEL intertwined). Two lines of Latin verse in lower margin: Blanda DEI genitrix … consedit in herba. Signed: J a Wassenaer.

Watermark: Jug (resembling Briquet 12762)

Literature: Heinecken, 1789, p. 26; Le Blanc 1; Nagler 5; Wurzbach 1; TIB .001; Hollstein 1 I (II); Roethlisberger 221

Very fine impression of this rare print, strong printing with plate tone, trimmed to the platemark and leaving a fillet of paper around the borderline, in very good condition.

Very little is known about the Amsterdam printmaker Dirk Eversen Lons, who produced thirty plates, mostly published and sold by himself. Stylistically, Lons’ work is closely related to that of his Amsterdam colleague Gerrit Pietersz. Sweelinck (1566 to after 1612), though a professional relationship between the artists has not been established.

Two of Lons’ works have a historical subject, including this image of the Virgin and Child seated under a Tree after a design by Abraham Bloemaert. Through its expressive lines and selective use of tonality, Lons marvellously captured the elegant style of Bloemaert, as seen in the voluptuous tree and the sophisticated features of the mother and child. The plate, dating to around 1612, is one of Lons’ earliest works, and was presumably based on a now lost drawing by Bloemaert, dating from the 1590s, of which two drawings in reverse still exist (Leiden, University Library; Utrecht, Centraal Museum).

Price: USD 10,900 / EURO 9,300

8 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches