Jean Valdor After Hieronymus Wierix

Saint Francis Of Assisi

Jean Valdor After Hieronymus Wierix

Saint Francis Of Assisi

This early 17th-century engraving by Johannes Valdor (c. 1570-1640) is after another engraving by Hieronymus Wierix (1553-1619).

When endless reams of colourful prints adorn the shelves of every homeware supplier from London to New York, it’s hard to comprehend the scarcity of a small original engraving produced over 400 years ago. Here, in this exquisitely incised image, Valdor creates a masterpiece. Each line precisely engraved into a smooth copper plate, gradually building up the gentle form of a Saint who symbolised sacrifice. It’s poignant that to craft such a piece, Valdor, too, would’ve given his life over to hone his skills.

Regardless of your religious beliefs, Francis of Assisi remains an inspiration. Born around 1181, he abandoned a lifestyle adorned with the trappings of wealth to devote his life to a greater cause. One of humility, simplicity and loving kindness. He holds a skull as a reminder of mortality, a ‘memento mori’ - ‘remember that you must die’. Riches are a temporary glory. Benevolence is permanent.

Held in a contemporary frame and glazed.

Works by Jean Valdor are held in numerous public collections including at the British Museum, the Met Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Medium: Engraving on hand-laid paper
Overall size: 8½” x 10” / 21cm x 26cm
Year of creation: c. 1600
Labels & Inscriptions: Humiliaut le in omnibus et coram Deo in uenit gratiam. He humbled himself in all things and came into favour before God.
Condition: Artwork presents well.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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