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Studio or circle of Jan Sadeler (I) (Brussels 1550-1600 Venice)

The Last Supper

signed with initials ‘AASa’ (verso)
engraved copperplate
21.7 x 35.7 cm

This intriguing copperplate relates closely to a composition engraved by Jan Sadeler (I) after a now lost painting Peter de Witte, known as Peter Candid (circa 1548-1628).[1] While two copies after the print by Jan Sadeler (I) are known, the present version appears to be an unpublished and previously unknown version of the composition.[2] The unknown signature on the verso could be that of the maker of the copperplate, rather than the artist who cut the plate.

[1] see B. Volk-Knüttel, Peter Candid (um 1548-1628). Gemälde – Zeichungen – Druckgraphic, Berlin, 2010, no. D 11, pp. 346-347, ill.
[2] K.G. Boon, Hollstein’s Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts. ca 1450-1700, Volume XXI, Aegidius Sadeler to Raphael Sadeler, Amsterdam, 1980, no. 206.

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