17th century engraving by Adriaen Lommelin


17th century engraving by Adriaen Lommelin. The picture shows Maria Theresa of Austria, Infanta of Spain, Infanta of Portugal, Archduchess of Austria (Madrid, September 10, 1638 – Versailles, July 30, 1683), the first wife of Louis the 14th of France. She brings her eldest son and heir to the throne (dauphin) to church to learn how to pray the rosary. Maria Theresa was known for her exaggerated religiosity at the time. The image measures approximately 10 x 7 cm and is glued to a thicker sheet of paper. The original accompanying text is glued on the back. The print is delivered in a passe partout, the total dimensions are 36 x 29 cm.

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Adriaen Lommelin, born in 1620 in Amiens and died in 1673 in Antwerp, is a Flemish engraver. Lommelin worked in Rubens’ studio, in the team of engravers who was responsible for the production of prints engraved after the master’s work. In this workshop he met Van Dyck, who for whom he later worked with other Rubens engravers on the edition of Icons Principum Virorum, the large collection of portraits based on the work of Van Dyck.
In addition to other Antwerp engravers, Lommelin engraved some plates for Van Dyck’s iconography. The rigid style of his portraits with fairly stiff postures is in stark contrast to the plates engraved by his colleagues such as Paulus Pontius, Lucas Vorsterman or Peter de Jode, who are much more lyrical and close to the works of Van Dyck </ p