Maarten v. Heemskerck

The Story of Judah and Thamar - Ca. 1566

Maerten Van Heemskerck                Herman Jansz. Muller         


Shown is the episode of the story of Juda and Thamara where his daughter in law (widow of his son) has left the house in his absence and was sitting at a fountain with here face covered. Juda thought she was a whore and offered here a billy goat for her services. She demanded his seal ring and staff as a pledge while he was looking for the goat.

Judah giving Tamar the pledge

Hirah the adullamite with the kid, inquiring for the harlot

Tamar brought to execution, showing judah's pledge

The birth orf Pharez and Zarah

Heemskerck New Hollstein 39-742 ( I / IV )
First state before any publishers address Boel (II), Visscher (III) and before extra bible reference (IV).
Dating around 1566 (drawings dated 1566 in Copenhagen)

Painter and print designer; worked in Haarlem and Italy. Born in Heemskerck; son of a farmer. Trained in Haarlem under Jan van Scorel; in Italy 1532-6/7; later career in Haarlem, where one of the richest citizens. Prolific designer of compositions for prints, almost all made by others. Artists who engraved after his designs include Dirk Coornhert (c.1547-59), Philips Galle (from 1559), Cornelis Bos, Theodoor de Bry

Worked as an engraver, first for Antwerp publishers like Gerard de Jode and Hieronymus Cock and from designs by a variety of artists. Until the co-operation with his son Jan, Harmen published a number of prints by himself and others. During the 1590s his son Jan Harmensz. Muller became a formidable rival to his teacher Hendrick Goltzius. He became the engraver of choice for the most famous artists employed by Emperor Rudolf II at the court in Prague - Hans von Aachen, Bartholomeus Spranger and Adriaen de Vries.

Engraving. Complete with text line.
Good condition. Strong impressions. Large early watermark
Measures 20,50 by 25 cm. Full plate border and good margins.


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