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False Prophets, 1593

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 167 x 142 mm
  • Inv. 2014-F

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The false prophet is depicted as a predatory wolf in sheep's clothing. He stands on a pedestal with a wolf and preaches in the midst of the people. Several elements of the representation are accompanied by letters corresponding to the legend in the margin that are missing from the version cut at the edges in the version in Ghent.


Antonius II Wierix RKD
Antwerp ca. 1555 - 1559 - Antwerp 1604
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Bernardino Passeri RKD
ca. 1540 - Rome ca. 1590

Title False Prophets
Date 1593
Period 16th century
Location Antwerp TGN
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription in the dipiction, at the top: A
printed inscription in the depiction, top left: E F D C
printed inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: B
printed inscription outside the depiction, bottom left: Bern. Pass. Rom. invent.
printed inscription bottom right, outside the depiction: Anton. Wierx Sculp.
inscription on the back, bottom right: 10
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-F
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/2014-F
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/11373/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300015571 cityscapes (representations) AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11Q712 church (exterior) Iconclass
25F23(WOLF) beasts of prey, predatory animals: wolf Iconclass
41A1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings Iconclass
41A14 urban housing Iconclass
47I213 sheep Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
57AA621 Cheat, Deceit; 'Fraude', 'Inganno' (Ripa) Iconclass
57AA6221 Lie; 'Bugia' (Ripa) Iconclass
73 New Testament Iconclass
73C8 Christ as teacher (part II): parables and proverbial sayings of Christ Iconclass
73C82 parables and proverbial sayings of Christ ~ the animal world Iconclass
73C824 false prophets in sheep's clothing ~ parable of the good shepherd (Matthew 7:15) Iconclass
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