(France circa 1575–1616)
26.6 x 18.5cm sheet
Bellange was the first significant figure to practice etching in France, spending most of his career as court painter to the Dukes of Lorraine at Nancy. Only few paintings can be attributed to him but his Mannerist etchings have preserved his name for posterity. The figures in this group are attenuated in proportion and twisted in posture. St Catherine of Alexandria, dressed as an oriental princess, holds the spiked wheel of her martyrdom while gazing at the Christ Child. St John the Evangelist is shown with his attribute of a chalice with a small dragon emerging from it.
Peter Raissis (Australia) (Author), Le Grand Siècle, Sydney, 1997, 2 (illus.), 3, 8. no catalogue numbers
Nicholas Draffin (Australia, b.1943, d.1995) (Author), Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 13 (illus.). no catalogue numbers
Nicholas Draffin (Australia, b.1943, d.1995) (Curator), The bitten image: European etchings from the collection, Domain, 1980, 5. no catalogue numbers
The Bitten Image: European etchings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 19 Jul 1980–14 Sep 1980.
Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991.
Le Grand Siècle, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 16 Jun 1997–17 Jul 1997.
Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006.