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Ex Archetypo P.P. Rubens


Copper engraving and etching, 39 x 26 cm (15.3 x 10.2 inches) (minor foxing, but overall in a good condition).

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A portrait of an African man, made by an Italian engraver Giuseppe Longhi (1766 – 1831) was based on a portrait, painted by Anthonis Van Dyck (1599-1641), which was based on a detail from Rubens’s painting Adoration of the Magi in the Sint-Janskerk, Mechelen. One, possibly wrong interpretation of the man on the image in the past was, that he is a real man, called Johannes Farrugia from Ethiopia.

References: Schneevoogt 1873 / Catalogue des estampes gravées d’après P.P.Rubens (183.248) ; Burton B. Fredericksen, Catalogue of the Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Volume 1, 1972, p. 69.

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