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An image of The vision of Saint Francis by Cornelis Visscher, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens

Cornelis Visscher

(Netherlands 1629 – 1658)

after Sir Peter Paul Rubens

(Flanders 1577 – 1640)

The vision of Saint Francis
Other titles:
St Francis receiving the infant Christ
Media category
Materials used
engraving and etching
iv of 4 states

44.5 x 36.0 cm platemark; 45.3 x 36.8 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Margaret Delmer 1985
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Although he never made engravings himself, Rubens clearly understood the benefits to be garnered through printmaking, both for his reputation and his income. He employed highly accomplished engravers to reproduce his paintings, closely supervising their work at every stage. Cornelis de Visscher was one of the most important and prolific engravers of the Rubens school, despite his short lifetime. The model painting for this print is in the Capuchin Church of St Anthony at Antwerp.

Bibliography (1)

Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 15.

Exhibition history (3)

Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014

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