Joris Hoefnagel (Dutch, 1545-1601) original hand colored engraving, probably engraved for Braun's (Civitates Orbis Terrarum) published at Cologne in 1572. Entitled "Blanmont au Pays de Vauge en Loreyen". Complete with Certificate Of Authenticity, also framed verso, see photographs. Framed under glass & measuring 21-1/4" in height with width of 27-3/4", & having sight image height of 11-1/2" with width of 18". In overall good condition, with creasing consistent with age & use.
Joris Hoefnagel was a self-taught artist, born of wealthy diamond merchant parents who encouraged travel in his youth. His six-volume atlas set was a direct result of the topographical drawings he did when visiting England, France, & Spain. Following the invasion of Antwerp by Spain in 1577, Hoefnagel traveled south with Abraham Ortelius, the cartographer, & agreed on this trip to become court artist in Munich to the Duke of Bavaria, Albert V. In 1951 in Prague, he was appointed court artist to Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, who had an extensive art collection & a "cabinet of curiosities". During the time in which he worked for the Duke of Bavaria, Hoefnagel finished a series of natural history miniatures that were published in several volumes in book form. Then when he was with Rudolf II, he added illuminations to a 30year old manuscript by the scribe Georg Bocskay. Included in his illuminations were animals & plants illustrating natural history. He also did engravings for Abraham Ortellius, who did what is regarded as the first modern atlas. Overall Hoefnagel is highly regarded as significant to Dutch art as the last significant manuscript illuminator as well as on eof the first to use still life as a subject for oil paintings. Described as a "true Renaissance man", he was a poet, musician, topographer, engraver, prolific miniature painter & mapmaker. Joris Hoefnagel died in Vienna in 1601.