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

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 167 x 204 mm
  • Inv. 2014-LY-4

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In the foreground in a forest landscape sits Saint Leonard of Noblac, an early Christian hermit. He sits against a tree and reads. Behind him can be seen the Marian chapel he founded in Limoges. Next to the chapel, a monk is burying something. In the background, the meeting between him and King Clovis takes place in a forest.


Hans Sadeler RKD
Brussels 1550 - Venice 1600
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Maerten de Vos RKD Wikidata
Antwerp 1532 - Antwerp 1603

Hans Sadeler RKD
Brussels 1550 - Venice 1600

Title Saint Leonard as a Hermit, from the series Oraculum Anachoreticum
Date 1600
Period 16th century
Location Venice TGN
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription in the representation, bottom left: Cù privilegio/ Sù Ponti. et Cae/ Ioà Sadeler/ scalpsit et exc.
printed inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: Martin. de Vos figur.
printed inscription outside the depiction, bottom left: Nobilio hic ille est Leonardus; sustulit olim/ De sacris puerum Rex Clodoueus aquis.
printed inscription outside the depiction, centre below: II
printed inscription bottom right, outside the depiction: Discipulos, aedemq.habuit; Pastorq. virorum/ Ne fieret, socius maluit esse feris.
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-LY-4
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
300015571 cityscapes (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11H saints Iconclass
11H(LEONARD) the (Benedictine) abbot and hermit Leonard of Noblac; possible attributes: dalmatic, (broken) fetters Iconclass
11P315(BENEDICTINES) monastic orders, monastic life ~ Roman Catholic church (BENEDICTINES) Iconclass
11P31521 monk(s), friar(s) Iconclass
11Q3 ascetic life and practice Iconclass
11Q31 mortification of the senses ~ ascetic life Iconclass
11Q331 anchorite, hermit Iconclass
11Q651 crucifix ~ personal devotion Iconclass
11Q7121(CHAPEL) parts of church exterior and annexes: chapel Iconclass
11Q71423 altarcross, crucifix Iconclass
11Q71483 church bell Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25H15 forest, wood Iconclass
25I city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions Iconclass
25I12 prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city Iconclass
34B11 dog Iconclass
41A18 hut, cabin, lodge Iconclass
41D263 walking-stick, staff, cane Iconclass
43B13 walking, hiking (recreation) Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
48C145 architectural settings in paintings, sculptures, etc. Iconclass
49N reading Iconclass
61E(LIMOGES) names of cities and villages (LIMOGES) Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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