The vision of Saint Francis
1629 - 1658
after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
1577 - 1640
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.
St Francis receiving the infant Christ
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
Not on display
Shown in 3 exhibitions
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
Referenced in 1 publication
Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 15.