The Apocalypse: The Opening of the Seventh Seal

The Apocalypse: The Opening of the Seventh Seal

1561

Jean Duvet

(French, 1485-1561)

Engraving

Framed: 52.4 x 39.7 x 2.5 cm (20 5/8 x 15 5/8 x 1 in.); Unframed: 32.5 x 24.3 cm (12 13/16 x 9 9/16 in.); Plate: 30.2 x 21.9 cm (11 7/8 x 8 5/8 in.)

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1930.531

Catalogue raisonné: Eisler 46

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Description

Jean Duvet was a goldsmith in Dijon, France, before taking up engraving. The relationship between the goldsmith’s art and that of the engraver is easily observed in this image of the opening of the seventh seal, a dramatic apocalyptic event at the end of the Book of Revelation from the New Testament. Figures crowd onto the image’s surface as they might appear on a metal plaque. Working outside the primary printmaking centers of Northern Europe and Italy, Duvet had little access to other printmakers and probably learned to engrave by studying prints by other masters. This is evident in his reliance on compositional elements derived from Albrecht Dürer’s woodcut series The Apocalypse.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Engraving
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Engraving

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