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Copper Snake.

Copper Snake.

After the original by P.P. Rubens. 1635–1640.

Engraving. 460 x 565.

The upper right edge of the engraving is lost.

V state of five.

Under the image: FECIT ERGO MOYSES SERPENTEM AENEVM, ET POSVIT EVM PRO SIGNO: QVEM CVM PERCVSSI ASPICERENT SANABANTVR; there is a dedication below: NOBILI AC GENEROSO DOMINO DNO FRANCISCO GOVBAV, TOPARCHAE DE TRIEST, MESP D. C. Q. AEGIDIVS HENRICI; at the bottom on the left: Pet. Paul. Rubbens pinxit; S. à Bolswert sculpsit; on the right: Numeri 21. Gasp. Huberti excudit Antwerpiae.

The original of P.P. Rubens is in the London National Gallery.

Inv. G 575.

Literature: Schneevoogt, C G Voorhelm. Catalogue des estampes gravées d'après P.P.Rubens. – Haarlem, 1873. – p. 5, № 33; Rooses Max. L'oeuvre de P. P. Rubens; histoire et description de ses tableaux et dessins. Vol. 1–5. – Anvers, 1886-1892. – Vol.1. – p. 139, № 112; Wurzbach, Alfred von. Niederländisches Künstlerlexikon. Bd. 1–2. – Amsterdam, 1906-1910. – Bd. 1. – p. 133, № 30 (IV).

Rubens, Pieter Paul (1577, Siegen – 1640, Antwerp) – flemish painter, one of the most prominent representatives of the Baroque period, diplomat, collector.

Huybrechts (Huberti), Gaspar; 1619, Antwerp – 1684, Antwerp) – flemish engraver and publisher. He worked in Antwerp. He spent some time (1639) in Italy. Reprinted engravings previously published by Martin van den Enden and Gillis Hendricx. Ca. in 1652 his student was Gerard Edelink.

Goubau, Franciscus (1611–1647) – representative of a large noble family from Antwerp, the Governor of Trieste

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