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Saint Possidius as a Hermit, from the Oraculum Anachoreticum series, 1600

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 166 x 202 mm
  • Inv. 2014-LY-3

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In the foreground in a forest landscape, Saint Possidius of Calama, an early Christian hermit, walks to his cave. He is watching a knight on horseback riding in the forest.


Raphael Sadeler
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Maerten de Vos RKD Wikidata
Antwerp 1532 - Antwerp 1603

Hans Sadeler RKD
Brussels 1550 - Venice 1600

Title Saint Possidius as a Hermit, from the Oraculum Anachoreticum series
Date 1600
Period 16th century
Location Venice TGN
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription in the depiction, bottom centre: Cum privi. Sum. Pontificus. et S. Ca's. Ma.tis
printed inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: M. de Vos figur. Raph. Sadeler scalp. et excud.
printed inscription outside the depiction, bottom left: Linguere desertas, celebratas querere sedes: iam Possidonio suaserat arcta fames
printed inscription outside the depiction, centre below: 6
printed inscription bottom right, outside the depiction: Ecce tibi coelestis eques, similisq. minanti./ Territus iste redit, poma reperta capit.
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-LY-3
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
25H landscapes Iconclass
Keywords Iconclass 11H saints Iconclass
11Q3 ascetic life and practice Iconclass
11Q31 mortification of the senses ~ ascetic life Iconclass
11Q331 anchorite, hermit Iconclass
21D water (one of the four elements) Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25H119 cave, grotto Iconclass
25H15 forest, wood Iconclass
25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone) Iconclass
25H212 brook Iconclass
41D263 walking-stick, staff, cane Iconclass
43B13 walking, hiking (recreation) Iconclass
46A124 knight Iconclass
46C131 riding a horse, ass, or mule; rider, horseman Iconclass
46C13141 horse Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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