Lusting satyr with nymph


Anonymous engraving after Arnold Houbraken. The engraving shows a naked nymph, by an oil lamp under a canopy, being pulled to her robe by a satyr behind a tree. The engraving was made after the print by Houbraken from part 2 of Toneel van sinnebeelden geopent tot dienst van schilders beelthouders etc.. Dordrecht: Nicolaes de Vries, 1700, and can be dated between 1700 and 1750. The image is 18 x 14 cm. and is in a passe partout. The print is in perfect condition.


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Arnold Houbraken (28 March 1660 – 14 October 1719) was a Dutch painter and writer from Dordrecht, now remembered mainly as a biographer of Dutch Golden Age painters. Houbraken was sent first to learn threadtwisting (Twyndraat) from Johannes de Haan, who introduced him to engraving. After two years he then studied art with Willem van Drielenburch, who he was with during the rampjaar, the year 1672. He then studied 9 months with Jacobus Leveck and finally, four years with Samuel van Hoogstraten. In 1685 he married Sara Sasbout, and around 1709 he moved from Dordrecht to Amsterdam. Arnold Houbraken painted mythological and religious paintings, portraits and landscapes. He is best known for the art historical work The Great Theatre of Dutch Painters (1718–1721). When he died his son Jacob assisted his mother with the last proofs of the manuscript before publishing. His first attempt at an instructive manual for artists was his Emblem book, Inhoud van ‘t Sieraad der Afbeelding, which was meant as a guide of possible painting themes. His registered pupils were Matthijs Balen, Johan Graham, and his son Jacob.