1580 Hieronymus Wierix (1553 - 1619) - The Infant Blowing Soap-Bubbles - Religious art
Excellent impression with full borders on laid paper.
From the series: The Life of the Infant [Iesv Christi dei Domini salvatoris NRA infantia].
The infant blowing soap-bubbles; the Virgin and St Anne seated to right holding a long cloth; behind, Joseph and Joachim working with wood and to left, the infant Christ playing with soap-bubbles with two angels.
”Man is but a Bubble”
Engraving: 11.3 x 7.5 cm
Inscribed below image: 'Dic, O puer....filius'; signed on image: 'Hieronymus Wierx fecit et excud.' and 'Cum Gratia et Privilegio Buschere'.
References: Mauquoy-Hendrickx 1979 410 ; Alvin 1866 444 ; Hollstein 487 (Wierix). Only state
One of three brothers, all engraver, Wierix was child prodigy who killed a woman in 1578 while drunk. Wierix is mostly known for his "very delicate religious prints on a very small scale". In 1570, Wierix worked in master work of Christoph Plantin where he was mastering engraving. He was only seventeen when he made his first engraving for Plantin.