Follower of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669), perhaps Willem Drost (1633-1659)

Christ and the Woman of Samaria Amsterdam, late 1640s Pen and brown ink 210 x 190 mm At Sychar in the West Bank, Christ meets the Samaritan Woman at a well. Christ uses the well’s water as an analogy for Christian salvation and the sacrament of the Eucharist. The well’s water offers no heavenly reward. … Read more

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)

The Palazzo di Montecitorio, Rome Rome, 1760-78 Etching with line-engraving 400 x 611 mm The imposing 16th-century exterior of the Palazzo di Montecitorio stretches into the hazy distance. Ghostly outlines of buildings and the column of Marcus Aurelius (193 AD) shimmer in the background. The combination of classical sculpture, 16th-century architecture and the 18th century … Read more

Jean Moyreau (1690-1762)

La collation Paris, 1720s Engraving 457 x 334 mm This print reproduces a painting by Watteau, one of the most successful painters in Paris during the early 18th century. Watteau pioneered a new category of painting known as ‘fêtes galantes’ that depicted the idle pursuits of the aristocracy. Such scenes were produced in large numbers … Read more

Ugo da Carpi (about 1480-1532), after Parmigianino (1503-1540)

The Apparition to St Petronius of the Virgin and Child with St Sebastian Mantua, 1605, published by Andrea Andreani (c. 1560-1623) Woodcut 385 x 295 mm According to Christian legend St Sebastian was sentenced to death for his faith by the Roman emperor Diocletian. A solitary arrow is the only indication of his painful persecution. … Read more