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- Series: Twenty-Four Heads of Peasants and Country-Women
Heertje Al-te-mooy and Aecht Sonder-Ziel; male peasant in left oval in profile to right, wearing a cap; scowling female peasant in right oval facing front
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Height: 111 millimetres
Width: 158 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is one from a set of twelve plates after Bruegel, printed on six sheet, bound together with two stitches but no cover. For a complete set see 1874,0808.2045-2056.
Though van Bastelaer argues that these plates were copies after paintings by Bruegel, if not based on physiognomic studies by the artist's own hand, they were rejected by Lebeer, who attributes the prints to be after Adriaen Brouwer rather than Bruegel.
K. Oberhuber suggests that this series is in fact comprised of copies from a larger series of 36 plates of peasant heads published first in Antwerp by an unidentified publisher around 1564-1565 and later by Claes Jansz Visscher in Amsterdam (van Bastelaer thought the reverse was true). These etchings are attributed to Johannes and Lucas van Doetecum and are labelled with punning names.
H. Scholz argues that the present series are copies issued from Hondius' workshop after Johannes or Lucas van Doetecum after Bruegel, with no involvement of Adriaen Brouwer likely. They are however not considered part of the set after Bruegel published by Hondius in 1642 in the New Hollstein volume on Hondius.
Lit.: Lebeer, p.202; K. Oberhuber 'Pieter Bruegel und die Radierundserie der Bauernköpfe,' in 'Pieter Bruegel und seine Welt,' 1979, pp.143-47; H. Scholz, 'Brouwer invenit. Druckgraphische Reproduktionen des 17.-19. Jahrhunderts nach Gemälde und Zeichnungen Adriaen Brouwers,' 1985, p.26 and pp.172-73, no.136-47; Scholz, 1985, p.26 and pp.172-73, nos. 136-47; and New Hollstein Hondius, p. 35.
The present pair are labelled 'Heertje Al-te-mooy' and 'Aecht Sonder-Ziel' in the earlier series of 36 plates.
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